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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Royal Canal cycle path gets green light

A €10 million cycle path along the Royal Canal from Dublin's docklands to Ashtown at the border with Fingal County Council has been announced.

It is the third major cycle way planned for the capital, with one along Dublin Bay and another along the Liffey already being announced.

Dublin City Council will build the 7km part of what will be a much larger 277km greenway project that will link Dublin to Galway which is due to be completed in 2020.

This path will in turn be Ireland's contribution to the EuroVelo Route 2 that will extend across Europe to Russia.

Work on the route will start early next year and will bridge a gap between two sections which have already been completed from Guild Street to Sheriff Street, where the canal meets the Liffey and from Ashtown to the 12th lock in Castleknock which opened last June.

The two-way cycle path will start on the left bank of the canal at Sheriff Street and continue to Binns Bridge in Drumcondra, at the junction of Whitworth Road and Dorset Street, where a new bridge will be built to take cyclists to the other side of the canal.

The route will then run on the right bank until Ashtown, where it will cross back to the left bank to link with the existing path.

CCTV will deter anti-social behaviour and lighting will ensure the path can be used at night.

ROUTE

Last month it was revealed a city park may be moved to make way for a new Liffey Cycle Route to run from Heuston Station and the Phoenix Park down to the 3Arena, with work expected to begin next year. An engineering firm has been tasked with coming up with four options for the path.

One may see Croppy Acre park relocated to the edge of the Liffey and the roadway between the park and the river becoming pedestrianised.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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