SEAFRONT cyclists and walkers in Dublin can look forward to improved facilities this year.
Long overdue plans to complete the northside section of the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) cycleway are finally being progressed by Dublin City Council.
The project will see a 2km bike and pedestrian route being installed from Wooden Bridge to Causeway Road at Dollymount.
When this section is completed, cyclists will be able to travel from Sutton to East Wall on a dedicated route.
Welcoming the move, Labour TD Sean Kenny said the scheme has been a long time in the pipeline.
"That is the missing link. It was difficult because of the narrowness of the footpath. This will be a central part (of the S2S project). It will complete the northside section of it," Mr Kenny told the Herald.
"The fact that this link was missing meant cyclists had to go out on to the roadway (at Causeway Road) and then get back on the cycleway. They will now be able to make the complete trip on the cycleway," he added.
An Bord Pleanala had already given the go-ahead to the project -- which is to be combined with a flood defence scheme -- but the council has to seek public submissions as part of the planning process.
The overall development including the seafront defences will cost €14m.
The aim of the S2S scheme is to link up coastal promenades and cycleways to create a 22km continuous route around Dublin Bay between Sutton and Sandycove.
A key feature of the new phase will to deal with flood risks resulting from rising sea levels and surges. The risks had been identified by the Dublin Coastal Flooding Risk Assessment Study.
Members of the public have until February 18 to comment on the plans.