Upgrading the Royal Canal into a greenway in the Dublin City Council area should cost around €10 to €12 million, councillors were told earlier this week. The route is the most eastern section of the planned continuous Dublin to Galway greenway.
The project will require Part 8 public consultation which is due to get underway and last 5 months. Details of the project and consultation would then be brought back to a local area committee and then a full meeting of city-wide councillors for final approval.
The route would include new or upgraded at-grade crossings of a number main roads which the canal travels under, including at North Strand Road, Drumcondra Road / Dorset Street, and Phibsborough Road / Prospect Road. There is no space for underpasses at these locations.
According to a presentation made to councillors, most of the path would be shared use — with a fully shared surface or a shared surface only separated by a white painted line.
Christopher Manzira, of the transport section of Dublin City Council, told councillors the route would include public lighting, CCTV, and the removal of kissing gates. He said only bollards would be use to allow for universal access for intended users and to make the route attractive to commuter cycling.
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Full details of the route, including project drawings, are due to be soon uploaded to a revamped Dublin City Council cycling website, CycleDublin.ie. At the time of writing it has yet to be updated, but Manzira said files for the Liffey Cycle Route should be online by today, followed by documents for the canal route.
Paths will be widened, however, answering questions from councillors Manzira said joggers may have to impede on the cycle path at some sections to overtake people walking.
Selected slides from the presentation follow: