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Interim Liffey Cycle Route eastern section to start over two years since project approved

— Work to start on Eden Quay, George’s Quay, Burgh Quay and Aston Quay later this year.

Work using mostly quick-build measures to implement the interim Liffey Cycle Route will likely take significantly over two years to be finished from when the project was approved by councillors.

According to a meeting in March 2020, the interim route was due to be in place by August of that year. Work started in April 2020, but, as with the full project which has been in planning for over a decade, the interim scheme has been beset by delays.

The non-continuous project has been praised for some of its good sections but strongly criticised for its non-continuous nature. Last year the former chairperson of the Dublin Cycling Campaign said that no amount of bollards will make some sections of the interim Liffey Cycle Route on the south quays safe and comfortable.

This week, the Monthly Management Report for September 2022 presented to councillors outlines that “the tender documents for delivery of the remaining sections of the interim Liffey Cycle Route, comprising Eden Quay, George’s Quay, Burgh Quay and Aston Quay are being finalised and will go to tender for construction during Q4 2022.”

No outline was given of what measures are planned for these sections. The project so-far includes a mix of wide and narrow protected cycle lanes. It also includes mixing with buses and taxis in bus lanes for long sections and, even where are cycle lanes, the segregation of these lanes is interrupted by bus stops and in some places access to parking too, especially along the south quays.

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