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Workers break ground on Clontarf to City Centre cycle and bus project

Contractors building the Clontarf to City Centre cycle and bus project have broken ground on the route and major construction works are now underway on sections of the route.

The Dublin City FM traffic service, LiveDrive, said: “Traffic Works on the Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Route have stepped up a gear today. One lane is currently closed at Fairview in each direction (the right lane when travelling outbound). Expect delays.”

The turning of the sod on the €62 million Clontarf to City Centre Cycle and Bus Priority Project (C2CC Project) happened on Monday, but more major works started today.

The 2.7 km project is not just a cycle route but a major street and water main renewal. Although, it is said to be ‘largely funded’ by the National Transport Authority Active Travel Programme.

The first of expected many complains about traffic started to be posed on social media today.

As reported last week, the project will be worked on in sections, with the majority of work on three sections due to be finished this year.

At the sod turning on Monday, Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Alison Gilliland, said: “I am delighted to have reached the point where we can begin work on this immensely important project. It will help in the promotion of safer cycling while also bringing safer driving and walking experiences, as well as improved bus facilities.”

“It will play an important part in our common objective of reducing our carbon foot print and includes further greening along the route. The Clontarf to City Centre Project is a key step forward in Dublin City Council’s plans to continue to rollout a state of the art cycling network throughout the city.”

According to an update provided to councillors last week, works on the project will be completed in seven sections, with actions 2, 6 and 7 starting this year and the other sections next year.

In the update to councillors, the Active Travel section of the council said: “During 2022 the Contractor intends to carry out works along Sections 2, 6 and 7 with an expected completion date of January 2023. Sections 1, 3, 4 and 5 will be completed during 2023.”

  • Section 1 – Talbot Street to Buckingham Street
  • Section 2 – Buckingham Street to the Five Lamps Junction at Portland Row
  • Section 3 – Five Lamps Junction to Annesley Place
  • Section 4 – Annesley Place to Poplar Row
  • Section 5 – Poplar Row to Fairview Strand
  • Section 6 – Fairview Strand to Malahide Road
  • Section 7 – Malahide Road to Alife Byrne Road

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