A missing link on the S2S cycling and walking route on the northside of Dublin is to be no more once construction is finished in February 2017.
Or, at least, February is the latest in a long line of due dates for the construction to be finished on the project, which also includes the installation of trunk watermain, drainage and flood / coastal defence wall. The latest date was presented to city councillors in a report before the last monthly council meeting.
Once finished there will be a continuous two-way cycle path of nearly 10km, stretching from Fairview Park just north of the East Wall Road / Alfie Byrne Road junction to the Dublin Road just before Sutton.
The route will most likely be the longest continuous segregated cycle route in Dublin. Because it’s along the coast, it will only have three notable road crossings. One at its eastern starting point where it crosses the Alfie Byrne Road and the other two at the access points to Bull Island.
The route would have went further into the city centre, but, after local campaigning, city councillors in 2011 pushed officials not to proceed with a link between the Alfie Byrne Road and the north Docklands via the Royal Canal. As we reported back in 2011, the councillors objecting left the council to forfeit €4 million of funding for that project.
Some of the delay in the current project includes local objection to the finishings of the wall and height of the coastal wall, with locals complaining they would not be able to see the views of Dublin Bay from their cars while driving by.
The project is officially named the “S2S Cycle & Footway Interim Scheme” because an earlier and grander design which would have included an expensive boardwalk is not going ahead at this time. The latest project instead makes use of the space behind the coastal wall by narrowing the roadway.
We also understand that options to progress the S2S route on the southside are due to be made public in the near future.
IMAGE: Construction work ongoing on the missing link. Image thanks to Kevin O’Farrell.