— Route will form part of Dublin-Galway Greenway
Dublin City Council has published details of a planned 7.1 km cycling and walking route from Sheriff Street Upper to Ashtown along the Royal Canal.
The overall route includes four phases — phase 1 running from Guild Street to Sheriff Street Upper is already constructed; phase 2 runs from Sheriff Street Upper to North Strand Road; phase 2 runs from North Strand Road to Phibsborough Road; and phase 4 runs from Phibsborough Road to the Dublin City Council / Fingal County Council border at Ashtown.
The project includes shared and segregated surfacing, CCTV, public lighting, new bridges over railway tracks, new ramps up to road level, toucan crossings, and access restrictions mainly using bollards. The city council has previously stated that it would not use restrictive kissing gates which hinder access for many types of users, from wheelchairs and prams to cargo bicycles.
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The route is part of the Dublin Galway Greenway. Fingal has already upgraded the towpath from Ashtown to Castleknock and works are ongoing to upgrade sections of the towpath along the canal as far Mullingar in the midlands. A route between Mullingar and Athlone is under construction along a disused railway, while the remainder of the route between Athlone and Galway is in planning.
For the Dublin City Council sections, members of the public or groups who wish to make submissions or observations should do so in writing to Executive Manager, Planning Department, Dublin City Council, Block 4 Floor 3 Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 before 16.30 on Friday July 24, 2015. No email address for submissions is given on the city council website.
The reports and drawings can be viewed at dublincity.ie, purchased at the Dublin City Council Wood Quay offices or viewed at the following locations: Charleville Mall Library, Phibsborough Library, the City Council Cabra Area Office, and Cabra Library.