Dublin section of Royal Canal Greenway work to start after Christmas

NEWS IN BRIEF: Construction work on the Royal Canal Greenway between the Dublin Docklands and the North Strand Road is due to start after Christmas.

“Delighted to confirm that construction work will begin on the stretch of the Royal Canal Greenway between #SheriffStreet and the #NorthStrand will begin immediately after #Christmas. This is very welcome confirmation from the National Transport Authority and I look forward to seeing quick progress being made in January,” Cllr Ray McAdam said on Facebook.

Delays on the project are understood to include permissions for working beside the canal and permission for building a bridge over the railway link from the northern canal into Connelly Station.

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

8 Comments

  1. Any idea when the section between Clonsilla and the Kildare county boundary (Just north of Lucan) will commence construction?

  2. Not til ’21 Kevin
    http://irishcycle.com/2018/11/02/royal-canal-greenway-setback-to-delay-dublin-to-athlone-route-until-2021/

    This Is Good news about this section, the real missing gap for people walking or on wheels, everything west of North Strand road is passable and might need improvement, but this section has been missing until now.

  3. If by west of north strand being passable you mean it can be traversed by young fit and strong riders that may be true but there are several gaps which will stop the family or average leisure cyclist. Beyond ferrans lock is mud and grass and moyvalley onwards is only passable on mountain bikes. These are the areas where the holiday cyclist needs completed if we are to develop the route as a competitor to Mayo or Waterford The route does not become continuous until after Kilucan.

  4. sounds great – but that particular stretch is a bit dodgy…I think the whole Royal Canal is underutilized because of gates, etc – but I don’t feel particularily safe when cycling on the stretch in question…

  5. @Bigx – there are currently three sections of the Royal Canal Greenway that are difficult, but not impossible, to cycle on a road bike – the Deep Sinking just beyond Castleknock railway station; from Ferran’s Lock to Cloncurry Bridge west of Kilcock due to long grass and the short section before Moyvalley due to work in progress. This improvement work is very nearly completed and the Ferran’s/Cloncurry stretch is due start in the new year. West of Moyvalley, all the way to Mullingar and on to Cloondara on the Shannon is a great cycle and highly recommended.

  6. @Liam Egan
    The 1.5km Deep Sinking section from Castleknock train station to Porterstown bridge is very tough going due to a narrow path, tree roots and a dangerous drop-off, but beyond that for the 6km to Leixlip is passable in the summer and relatively straightforward to upgrade. Why no work has been started on this section is a mystery and I suspect has something to do with the failure by the relevant councils to work on projects that cross county borders and may be seen by some to be of less observable impact to their own areas of direct influence, and thus of lower priority. Another reason why local councils should not be trusted with national infrastructure projects.

  7. @aka – the Deep Sinking and the next section to Leixlip are currently at design stage but will not be going to the planning permission stage until 2020 (see http://irishcycle.com/2018/11/02/royal-canal-greenway-setback-to-delay-dublin-to-athlone-route-until-2021/)
    As far as I know, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) were given overall responsibility for completion of the entire Greenway but still seem to be relying on the Councils to progress individual sections. The NTA and the Dept of Transport also seem to be involved in the funding and, of course, Waterways Ireland are in the mix too.

  8. I’m looking forward to this bit being finished to North Strand. It opens up the city center down the canal for D.15. Apart from the gates.

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