Project will improve water supply to customers and help protect the local environment

Works will recommence on the Bandon Water Main and Sewer Network Project today. The project is a major upgrade of Bandon’s water main and waste water networks, which will improve water supply to customers and help protect the local environment.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is investing €14 million to deliver these improvements, which will have major long-term benefits for Bandon. The planned upgrades will safeguard the town’s water supply, as the old water pipes being replaced have a history of frequent bursts and a high rate of leakage. As part of these works, 10km of old water main will be replaced and the capacity of an existing trunk main will be increased. Additionally, 5km of sewers will be upgraded. These upgrades will increase the capacity of the local sewer network, helping to alleviate sewer flooding and reduce discharges to the Bandon River.

Where are works taking place?

Works will recommence on 18 May along Weir Street, McSwiney Quay, Kilborgan Hill and Glasslyn Road. In order to complete works safely, traffic management will be in place as follows:

  • A 5 week road closure of Weir Street will be required from 18 May to 19 June 2020. Traffic lights will be in operation on McSwiney Quay. 
  • A 4 week road closure of Kilborgan Hill will also be required from 18 May to 12 June 2020. 
  • Works will recommence on Glasslyn Road on 18 May to complete the watermain at the roundabout at Kevin O’Leary’s Garage.
  • These works will take one week to complete and traffic will be maintained in both directions during the works. 

Works will recommence at the Oliver Plunkett Street/Brady’s Lane Junction on 25 May and a 3 week road closure will be required until 12 June to facilitate these works.

All of the road closures are required in order to complete the works safely.

Working to minimise disruptions

We acknowledge there has already been significant disruption due to the scale of this project in the centre of Bandon town and we would like to apologise for this inconvenience. We continue to work closely with our contractors, Ward and Burke Construction Ltd., and the local community to minimise any disruption and to keep the public informed as the work progresses. We are committed to working in partnership with all of our stakeholders to deliver these essential upgrades as quickly and as safely as possible.

We will continue to review our traffic management plans on an ongoing basis, in consultation with Cork County Council, to take on board and respond to any feedback we receive locally. We are also issuing regular updates to the community and businesses in Bandon to keep them informed about road closures and any other impacts associated with these works. We would like to thank the people of Bandon for working with us on this project and for their patience as we work to deliver it. 

Irish Water is working proactively with our delivery partners and as part of a multi-agency working group to ensure that our construction works are carried out in a controlled and safe manner, in keeping with Government and HSE guidelines to protect workers, their families and the broader community.

More information

For more information on the Bandon Water Main and Sewer Network Project and other projects in your area visit our Projects and Plans section.


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