Readers have previously joked that a new plan for the long-awaited Liffey Cycle Route would be released on April 1, but now the plans are due to be unveiled just days later on April 3.
While IrishCycle.com has reported many deadlines for the report on the project which have come and gone, this is the first time a special transport committee meeting has been scheduled to discuss the report.
At the end of last month, this website reported that the National Transport Authority said that a report into the route will be given to Dublin City Council within four weeks — this is in line with what a number of sources have said in the last week.
On Monday, in response to a question by Cllr Naoise Ó Muirí (FG), a senior council official said that they expect the report by the end of this month and that a special meeting of the transport committee would be held.
Today the chairman of that committee, Cllr Ciarán Cuffe (Greens) tweeted:
The saga continues… We’ve scheduled a Special Meeting of @dubcitycouncil Transportation committee on Wed. 3rd April at 3pm to present an update on Liffey Cycle Route. Shall post plans when/if available in advance. It’ll be webcast pic.twitter.com/05titQzW27
The route along Dublin’s quays — for which pre-planning started in 2011 — connects a large number of existing and planned cycle routes to each other and to employment and residential areas. Plans for the project have changed a number of times due to objections and other issues, including a building being built in the path of a possable bus detour.
Just before councillors were due to vote on two options, National Transport Authority suspended the project in August 2017 for a review of options which was first to be published in April 2018 — since then there have been around six or seven times which deadlines or due dates have been put back.
TIMELINE AND COVERAGE:
DECEMBER 2010 Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017 adopted with promise of cycle route along Dublin’s quays.
I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.