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Grand Canal cycle route: Report expected on Blackhorse to Portobello section

Dublin City Council is reviewing its plans for the Grand Canal Greenway between Blackhorse to Portobello and expects a report on this over the next month.

The 4.4km section along the canal is the missing link on the southside canal route from Blackhorse Luas stop to the Docklands.

Despite the popularity of the cycle route between Portobello and the Docklands, work on the project stalled years ago when city council engineers were diverted to work on planning aroundt the Luas Cross City tram project.

The update on the route was included in the latest edition of a monthly report presented to councillors by Brendan O’Brien executive manager for the council’s transport section, and John W Flanagan, assistant chief executive and city engineer.

The report said: “A review of current proposals [for the route between Blackhorse to Portobello] in the context of new projects that have come on stream, such as Busconnects has been prepared. A review of the architectural and industrial heritage and ecology for the route was commenced in January 2022 and is in progress. Dublin City Council will be reviewing this report over the next month.

The report added: “The tenders for the safety improvements to the on road cycling facilities along the Grand Canal were received during the month. A contract for additional site investigations has been awarded.”

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