Work has started on Phase 2 of the Royal Canal greenway in Dublin which will link the North Docklands with North Strand Road.
Dublin City Council has yet to answer when the works are due to be finished.
As this website reported just over a year ago, the long-delayed construction was due to start September 2017 and then put back to Quarter 2 2018 — but words on the ground only started in the last two weeks.
The city council’s section of the greenway — which is part of the planned coast-to-coast Dublin to Galway Greenway — is due to be built in four phases. It passes areas such as Drumcondra, Glasnevin, Phibsborough, Cabra and Ashtown.
According to the plans published by the council a few years ago, Phase 2 will start across the road where Phase 1 ended at Sheriff Street Upper beside Spencer Dock.
It will start with a shared crossing before the cycle path and footpaths separate with a large grass area between them. Most of the relatively short section will continue like this before becoming shared again on the approach to a shared bridge which will ramp up to both cross a railway and bring the route up to the level of North Strand Road. See drawings and montages below for more details.
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The start of a segregated network
Phase 2, which has just got underway, will link the Docklands to the North Strand Road, one of the most popular cycle routes for entering Dublin City Centre.
Work is also due to start this year on the Clontarf Cycle Route, which will include cycle paths on North Strand Road. Combined, the Clontarf Cycle Route and the canals cycle routes are expected to provide an almost fully segregated route between the city centre side of the Rathmines Road to Sutton on the northside.
Phase 1 built in 2011
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Phase 1 was built as part of a route which starts on the Grand Canal at the city side of the Rathmines Road — the route becomes less coherent in the Docklands as it both uses shared roads and crosses Grand Canal Square with little markings and no way-finding signs. It remerges as a marked cycle path on the south bank of the Liffey and crosses the Samuel Beckett Bridge and ends at Sheriff Street Upper.
Originally in 2011 this section of the canal route was supposed to have a bridge across the Royal Canal into the East Wall area and directly onto the S2S costal route, where it starts beside the entrance to the Eastpoint Business Park. But objections led to councillors getting cold feet about the plan, the council had to hand back €4 million to the Department of Transport, and there’s now no plans to build the link into East Wall.
Draft drawings for Phase 2 as published in 2016: