Cycle path upgrade on Dublin Docklands’ quays to start in April

Construction of one cycle path along Dublin’s quays is to get underway quicker than most expected — next month. The route will be two-way in the south Docklands from the Matt Talbot Bridge to the Samuel Beckett Bridge.

ABOVE: An artist’s impression photomontage  and drawing from Dublin City Council showing the route location and flood wall — detailed drawings show kerbs will be used to segregate the cycle path and road.

The project to upgrade the South Campshires cycle path separate to and ahead of the high-profile Liffey Cycle Route, which is planned for the full length of the city’s quays, most likely on the north quays and is now due to go to public consultation.

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The South Campshires route has already been through public consultation as part of a flood defences project. The works will also include a flood-defence wall being constructed along a large section of the south Docklands.

Updated detailed drawings (last four images, below) provide by Dublin City Council show that the two-way cycle path will be mostly kerb-segregated from the roadway which will be narrowed.

Footpath space will also be narrowed in places but pedestrian space will be expanded overall, with the current cycle path becoming a continuous footpath.

Elaine Norton, a spokeswoman for Dublin City Council said: “The South Campshires Cycle Track will provide about 0.6km of a continuous 2-way off road cycle track between Lime Street and Talbot Memorial Bridge. This will complete the link between Samuel Beckett Bridge and Georges Quay. Construction of the cycle track is funded by the National Transport Authority.”

At the Samuel Beckett Bridge end the new route connects to the current Canals cycle route — which stretches from the Grand Canal at Rathmines to the Royal Canal at the North Docklands. While at Talbot Memorial Bridge end, people cycling are able to cross to the other side of the bridge where a little-known contra-flow cycle path brings people along the east side of Custom’s House and out to Amiens Street at Busáras (see second map below).

The spokeswoman for the council added: “The scheme was submitted to An Bord Pleanala and the drawings were on display from July 2011 to September 2011 as part of the South Campshire Flood Defence Project. The contractor is now on site and construction works for the cycle track will commence in April 2015.”

Location of the cycle route shown in red:

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South quays cycle route


Contra-flow route from City Quay to Amiens Street:

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Contra-flow route

Map showing current and planned segregated routes in area:

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Planned route in context A

Click map for details

Red: Planned route
Blue: Current canals cycle route
Purple: Current contra-flow route
Black: Planned Liffey Cycle Route
Yellow: Planned Royal Canal Greenway
Green: Planned Fairview route
Brown: Planned S2S / East Coast Trail
Orange: Planned River Dodder Greenway

Updated detailed design drawings of the route:

Thanks to Dublin City Council

South Quays route 1 South Quays route 2

South Quays route 3

South Quays route 4


  1. Thanks so much for putting this up. Great news! A small point is that the word is ‘campshires’ and not ‘campfires’

  2. In general pleased to see this segregated path as the last version didn’t work at all – however
    the negative is I noticed the contractors installing several potentially slippy steel manhole and access covers right in the middle of the new bike lanes. Can we ever get it right?


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