Dublin City Council has started designing four cycle route projects which it classes as “Temporary Pending Permanent Schemes”.
More routes are likely to be added to the list of projects which can be delivered within the next 18 to 24 months, the council indicated. The first four are Prospect Way, Harolds Cross to Ballymount, Kilmainham to Thomas St and Rathmines to Milltown.
A report issued to councillors said: “A constraints analysis of the Dublin City Cycle Network is underway in order to identify sections of routes where temporary pending permanent cycle measures can be delivered within the next 18 to 24 months.”
“The design of these measures along the following routes has commenced: Prospect Way, Harolds Cross to Ballymount, Kilmainham to Thomas St and Rathmines to Milltown,” said the Monthly Management Report for June 2022.
It added: “Topographical and drone surveys of these route corridors have been completed and design
teams are preparing preliminary design drawings. These will be discussed initially with the representatives of the Administrative Area Offices and Elected Representatives before proceeding to further consultation which is expected to be undertaken in Q2/Q3 2022.”
Councillors were also told that the tender for the works for the Royal Canal (Phase 3) has been published. Phase 3 includes the 2.1km distance between North Strand Rd (Newcomen Bridge) and Phibsborough Road (Cross Guns Bridge). The project has been subject to continuous delays since it was approved by councillors in 2015. It has previously reached tendering stage and failed to be progressed to construction.
The update to councillors outlined how the new Active Travel Office has met with the councillors to get their views on the emerging Cycling and Walking Network to be delivered during the lifetime of the new development plan and that final details will be brought to the July area committees.
The council said that several members of staff have been transferred from the traffic division to work on delivering the cycling and walking network, and new staff are currently also being hired.
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