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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Liffey cycle lane plan suffers major wobble as review sought

Photo: PA
Photo: PA

Plans for a Liffey cycle lane have been put on ice after the National Transport Authority (NTA) decided to appoint independent consultants to consider the project.

The cycle lane plan has been mired in problems, with councillors, locals and interested groups unable to agree on exactly what form it should take.

No less than eight different proposals were seriously considered for where the lane should be routed.

The total number of proposals from the inception of the project was in the region of 15.

However, none managed to gain the required support.

The NTA has now indicated it will not fund the project until an independent review of all the proposals is carried out.

Dublin city councillors were informed of the decision at a transport committee meeting yesterday.

It is understood there was anger and frustration among the councillors at that meeting.

Healthy

Fianna Fail's Dublin spokesperson John Lahart TD said it was time the councillors made a decision about the plan and understand that, whatever decision they took, they would be discommoding someone.

"In recent years, significant progress has been made to encourage more and more people to leave their cars at home and to cycle as a healthy, efficient and environmentally friendly alternative," he said.

Fianna Fail TD John Lahart
Fianna Fail TD John Lahart

"I imagine that there are very many cyclists disappointed to hear the announcement.

"It's entirely understandable why the National Transport Authority were given little more option than to pull funding. My primary concern is the real danger that the funding could now be allocated to a non-Dublin, non-cycling project."

Mr Lahart pointed out that, while Luas Cross City will transform commuting in unprecedented ways, the number of city commuters choosing to cycle has more than doubled over the past decade.

"Investment in cycling infrastructure remains chronically inadequate," he said.

"I have written to the NTA to request that they continue to earmark that funding while Dublin City Council makes moves to reach agreement."

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