— Contra-flow cycling link planned between Westland Row and south quays
Over €10 million is to be spent on planning and construction of transport projects in the Dublin City Council area in 2016 — cycling features heavily but the funding is spread across many projects, and a large amount are still at design stage.
The funding was outlined in a short report to the council’s transport committee.
Most of the projects in 2016 are long-expected ones, including €1.5m for the completion of S2S works at Clontarf; €1m for work at College Green; €1.2m on the construction of a pedestrian add-on bridge at Newcomen Bridge on North Strand Road to allow for space for the Fairview / Clontarf cycle route; and €0.10m on the Liffey Cycle Route options and design work.
Other cycle route funding includes €0.75m for the Clonskeagh cycle route, which is a route from College Green to Clonskeagh. It covers Georges Street, Camden Street, Ranelagh and links into the Clonskeagh Road at the back of UCD. This route is still at design / consultation stage.
Funding of €0.44m is planned to be used for the Royal Canal Cycle Route; and €0.05m on site investigations for an extension of the popular Grand Canal Cycle Route.
A contra-flow cycle lane or path is planned for Lombard Street — this would link Westland Row to the under construction two-way cycle path on the south quays campshires in the Docklands (which in turn links with a little known northbound contra-flow route over the Talbot Memorial Bridge and along the Customs House to Busáras).
The projects and level of funding detailed above and in the below table is in the indicative NTA 2016 Capital Funding for the Dublin City Council area. It excludes projects funded using other sources and projects in other council areas.
A council report added: “The following schemes are due for construction in 2016. The NTA is not providing funding for these schemes: Blackhorse Avenue (Springfield Road to Cabra Gate); and Grafton Street Quarter (Chatham Street, Harry Street, Chatham Lane and Balfe Street). In addition feasibility/design work will continue on: Forbes Street Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge; and the Dodder Bridge at Grand Canal Docks.”
The council notes: “The amounts are subject to change as and when additional funding is made available.”