— Dublin City Council expects cycling budget increase to €27 million this year.
A cycling and walking link along the Royal Canal Greenway between the Docklands and North Strand Road is set to open in May, a senor Dublin City Council official said last week.
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Brendan O’Brien, the executive manager for Dublin City Council’s transport section, said that funding for cycling is increasing. He said that the level of money the council gets from the NTA-managed sustainable transport funding stream is set to jump from €7 million three years ago to “an anticipated €27 million this year”.
O’Brien said that a section of the Royal Canal Greenway between the Docklands behind the convention centre and North Strand Road is set to open in May.
The section due to be opened is known as Phase 2. It includes around 500 metres of a two-way cycle path and around 150 metre shared bridge over a railway and up to North Strand Road. The work includes making the stretch of the canal along the route into a canal-side park.
Phase 1 was a shorter section from the Liffey and along the conference centre, which was built as part of the Canals Route project which included the Grand Canal Cycleway.
MAPS SHOWING CONTEXT OF PHASE 2:
As readers will know, future sections of the greenway up to the border with the Fingal County Council area have suffered from delays first due to permissions and more recently due to tendering issues. Fingal County Council are also examining the options around the route in Dublin 15.
O’Brien made the comments at the monthly council meeting during a debate on the Liffey Cycle Route, which we will be covering in another article.
Drawings and other graphics for phase 2 as published in 2016: