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Councillor calls on Dublin City to proceed with Royal Canal Greenway

Work on the Royal Canal Greenway in the Dublin City area is expected to get underway in the second half of this year, according to Cllr Ray McAdam (FG).

According to the councillor the council has now confirmed that Phase 2 between Sheriff Street Upper and the North Strand Road is expected to be under construction by November 2017, while Phase 3 between North Strand Road and the Phibsborough Road is expected to start sooner, in September 2017.

Cllr Ray McAdam said: “I have been continuing to follow up with City Council officials to ensure the planning permission approved by Councillors some months ago is implemented as quickly as possible. Important community engagement took along the proposed PHASE II of the project in the North Wall area took place last summer. Issues arising from that community consultation have been finalised and I believe Dublin City Council should now be proceeding to tender for the selection of a contractor.”

Writing on his website, Cllr McAdam added: “I can now confirm that the City Council has now commenced the tender process for the selection of a contractor for PHASE II, which takes in the area between Sheriff Street Upper and the North Strand Road. It is anticipated that a Contractor will be selected by end October 2017. The Contractor procurement is a two stage process but it is expected that the selected Contractor will commence works on site in November 2017.”

“In terms of PHASE III, which relates to the stretch of the Royal Canal between the North Strand Road and the Phibsborough Road, tenders for the procurement of a Contractor will be issued in May 2017. From speaking with the officials, I understand the procurement process for this project will be shorter. It is anticipated that the Contractor will be appointed in August with the intention of commencing works on site in September 2017.”

The councillor who recently wrote on his own website about his opposition to the Liffey Cycle Route (we covered that here), this week wrote: “Despite articles to contrary, I support enhanced cycling facilities and better infrastructure for cyclists. That is why I have been very supportive of advancing the new pedestrian and cycle bridge at Newcomen Bride and the proposed cycle and pedestrian pathway along the Royal Canal.”

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6 comments

  1. All of it is very important, but there is already a half decent Pathway from Newcomen Bridge all the way to Castleknock that they improved somewhat over the years. The first priority should be to concentrate on the Sheriff Street to Newcomen Bridge first. This is terribly important as it will take the Cyclists off the road away from Seville place and the horrible Traffic at rush hour.

    But that being said I think it is great that they finally will start on it and get it done as quickly as possible.

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  2. Yes I agree with you Citizen Wolf ,those Gates are a pain in the Arse . Especially if you have loaded Panniers or worse a Bakfiets Cargo Bike.

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  3. Is this progress? I guess, maybe. Who knows? I’ve been waiting a decade already, bumping along the dirt track out past Clonsilla when it’s passable, risking my life on back roads when it’s not. Maybe someday this great coast to coast cycle route might even get past Dublin 15. It’s not like it’s a motorway with hundred times the budget and a ton of CPO’s to process, though that may well have been quicker. But then, I guess it is a cycle super-highway so maybe that explains the glacial pace. We should be thankful that Lord Ross of Stepaside and his courtesans sees fit to throw us a bone now and again.

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  4. While this could be regarded as good but very belated news, don’t forget that design work on Phase IV has been suspended due to uncertainty about funding and a shortage of design engineers in DCC.

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