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Cork City Inner Orbital Route

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Cork City Inner Orbital Route
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From:  Anderson's Quay / Michael Collins Bridge
To:  Anderson's Quay / Michael Collins Bridge
Meets:  N8, N20, N22, N27, R608, R610, R847
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Junction 5 on Anglesea Street

The Inner Oribital Route created in Cork city centre is a route totalling 26 different junctions. This works in conjunction with the North and South Ring Roads (R635 and N40).

The system was introduced in December 2004, having taken inspiration from the Dublin Inner Orbital Route. Like the Dublin scheme, the Cork orbital uses blue-background signs to show that you're on the ring road, and white signs with a blue heading to show that you're approaching it.

The Orbital connects many of the key roads in the region, and was designed to help drivers make their way across the city. There is no consistent road number around the route, and it varies between national primary routes, regional routes and unclassified roads.

Like the Dublin scheme, most of the junctions along the Orbital have been given a number, which is shown at the junction and on roads leading to it. One way roads mean that some junctions are only accessible in one direction.

Junction List

The junctions are numbered in a clockwise direction around the city centre, with some deviations.

Image Name Classified Road(s) Grid Reference More Info Map
IMG 4123.JPG Junction 1 N27, Anderson's Quay W680720 4 way traffic light junction, although exit is just to the harbour area
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CorkJ2.JPG Junction 2 N27, Albert Quay W681718 4 way traffic light controlled junction, although Albert Quay is one-way from west to east. Northbound N27 traffic cannot turn right onto Albert Quay
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CorkJ3.JPG Junction 3 N27, Albert Road W681717 3 way traffic light controlled junction, although Albert Road is one way so N27 cannot access it
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Cork Inner Ring Road J4.jpg Junction 4 N27, Old Station Road, Eglinton Street W680716 4 way traffic light controlled junction outside of the Elysion Building. This also marks the end of the South Link Road from the N40 Cork South Ring Road
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CorkInnerRingRoadJ5.JPG Junction 5 R610, Old Station Road, Copley Street W679715 4 way traffic light controlled junction with Anglesea Street one way from north to south. There is also a two-way Cycle Lane that goes along the side of Anglesea Street
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CorkJ6.JPG Junction 6 R610 W679714 The only traffic lights on this junction is for a Pelican Crossing, although if turning from Anglesea Street onto South Terrace, there is a flashing right arrow on the lights indicating give way
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CorkJ7.JPG Junction 7 R610, Union Quay W676715 Another 3 way traffic light controlled junction, with the R610 one-way east to west
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Cork Inner Ring Road J8.jpg Junction 8 Union Quay, Copley Street W677715 The first junction that does not have any traffic lights, and this junction is also not on the main route. There is an alternative route between junction 5 and junction 7
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Cork Inner Ring Road J9.jpg Junction 9 R610, Sullivan's Quay W674715 The R610 turns right over Parliament Bridge towards the South Mall, whilst the Inner Orbital Route continues along Sullivan's Quay.
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Cork Inner Ring Road J10.jpg Junction 10 R608, Sullivan's Quay W672715 Elongated 4 way traffic controlled junction, although 3 routes are one way at this point.
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CorkJ11.JPG Junction 11 R608 W668714 The R608 continues around to the right at this junction and remains one way. It is a traffic light controlled junction, but it probably is not needed as the traffic is relatively light so not necessary for a pedestrian crossing and the traffic from Bishop Street can only continue straight ahead downhill
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CorkJ12.JPG Junction 12 R608 W669716 A simple give way junction. Turn right for the city centre, turn left to head towards the N22 and West Cork
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CorkCityJ13.JPG Junction 13 N22, R608 W668717 Traffic light controlled junction
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CorkJ14.JPG Junction 14 N22, R608 W670718 The numbering of junction 14 does not really make sense. In fact, it would make more sense for this junction and junction 13 to swap numbers. This junction is traffic light controlled and marks the eastern end of the N22 one way system as it comes into Cork city centre.
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CorkCityJ15.JPG Junction 15 N22 W666717 A simple traffic light controlled junction between the N22 outbound and a short road to link to the N22 inbound
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CorkJ16.JPG Junction 16 N22 W663715 Junction is outside the main entrance to University College Cork (UCC)
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CorkJ17.JPG Junction 17 N22, R847 W667718
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CorkCityJ18.JPG Junction 18 N22, Grattan Street W670718 More traffic lights, with 2 one way streets coming in and 1 going out
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CorkInnerRingRoadsignJ19.JPG Junction 19 Grattan Street, Adelaide Street, Henry Street W669720
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CorkInnerRingRoadjunction20.JPG Junction 20 R847, Grattan Street W668721
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IMG 3801.JPG Junction 21 R847, (R848) over Griffith Bridge, North Main Street W669721
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CorkJ22.JPG Junction 22 R847, Cornmarket Street W672721
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Cork Orbital J23.jpg Junction 23 N20, R847, Emmett Place W674721 4 way traffic light controlled junction, next to the Christy Ring Bridge
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Cork Orbital J24.jpg Junction 24 N8, N20, N22 W676721 4 way traffic light controlled junction. In terms of major routes meeting, this is one of the most important junctions in Cork with the N8, N20 and N22 all ending their long journeys at this point
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CorkJ25.JPG Junction 25 N8, R610 W678720 Traffic light controlled junction where traffic along Merchant's Quay cannot turn onto Parnell Place
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CorkCityJ26.JPG Junction 26 N8, R610, Anderson's Quay W679720 Finally, the last junction along the route. Another traffic light controlled junction. Traffic heading west along Anderson's Quay can officially only turn south onto the R610, but because of the junction design and very faded road markings, cars frequently go straight onto Merchant's Quay passed the bus station. Travel east along Anderson's Quay and you end up back at the start at junction 1!
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Links

  • Cork City Council Inner Orbital Route brochure [1]




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