Dublin City Council has released a pre-planning consultation visualisation of a section of the Royal Canal Walking and cycling route between Sheriff St Upper and North Strand.
The route will partly act as an alternative to a now scrapped link between the S2S Dublin Bay route and the Canals Route which Dublin City councillors rejected — along with €4 million funding — in 2011 after “intensive lobbying”. That scrapped €4 section would have linked the Grand and Royal canal cycle routes with the existing northern section of the S2S Dublin Bay route which starts between the Fairview Park and the Eastpoint Business Park.
The new alternative will include the Sheriff St Upper to North Strand (shown in green below) link and a segregated route on-street via Fairview.
The route will start in the North Docklands as a continuation of a small section of the Royal Canal route, started as part of the existing Canals Routes (purple) from Rathmines to the North Docklands.
At its northern end the Sheriff St Upper to North Strand route is planned to be continued along the Royal Canal (yellow) eventually to Athlone and onto Galway. A segregated on-road path planned along North Strand Road and Fairview with link to the northern section of S2S Dublin Bay cycle route (black).
The consultation document says: “In 2013 Dublin City Council sought the views of the local community, promoters and special interest groups about a proposed cycle and pedestrian route and park along the Royal Canal between Sheriff Street and North Strand Road. This outline design proposal attempts to capture those views. We welcome your feedback and comments prior to the final design of the route to firstname.lastname@example.org or on a comment sheet.”
The outline proposals (as above or below in PDF) were also due to go on display at the Charleville Mall Library; the East Wall Community Centre;Dublin City Council Central Area HQ at 51-53 Sean Mac Dermott St; St Laurence O’Toole Sport and Recreation Centre on Sherriff St; and Faye’s Shop at Seville Place.