Liffey Cycle Route boardwalk plan to keep cars on quays in doubt after costs spiral “above €100m“

— Project first proposed in 2010 and interim measures not fully installed 2 years after approval.

Liffey Cycle Route boardwalk plan — design to keep cars on the quays — is in doubt after costs spiral to “above €100m“. was the first to report that the Liffey Cycle Route costs spiralled to “above €100m” so that cars can stay on quays.

The solution of using boardwalks was agreed after councillors would not make what officials called “difficult decision” to removing cars from the quays.

But according to The Irish Times today Dublin City Council’s chief executive Owen Keegan told the newspaper that the “gold-plated scheme” with boardwalks was unlikely to ever go ahead. Traffic management proposals would have to be revisited, he said.

The Irish Times said that Keegan would not say whether the traffic management measures would require what the newspaper called a “car-ban” at the pinch-points on the quays.

The newspaper quoted Keegan as having said: “I am confident that we will be able to address the sections on both quays [that are] without dedicated cycling priority through traffic management measures. If this is the case, there may be no need for the ‘gold-plated’ scheme that was previously proposed.”

Timeline and coverage of Liffey Cycle Route project:


Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017 adopted with promise of continuous cycle route along Dublin’s quays within the time of the plan.


NOVEMBER 7, 2011
Dutch-style cycle path on Dublin’s quays?


AUGUST 17, 2012
“We have to do” quays cycle route – senior Dublin engineer


AUGUST 6, 2013 
66% of Dublin politicians support changing quays for cycle route

The Liffey Cycle Route features in the GDA Cycle Network as a proposed primary cycle route into Dublin City Centre and a proposed strategic greenways.


JANUARY 21, 2014
Consultation continues on Liffey cycle route

JANUARY 28, 2014
Liffey Cycle Route: Construction could start next year

JUNE 17, 2014
Dublin City does not have to apologise for quays plan, manager tells newspaper

JUNE 26, 2014:
Quays cycle route delay to leave DublinBikes users unprotected for years

JUNE 19, 2014
Want a better cycling experience in Dublin? Here’s how a newspaper can hinder progress

JUNE 29, 2014
Brown Thomas against quays cycle route; wants cheap parking but licenses its name to car park charging more than city council

OCTOBER 24, 2014
Motor traffic to be moved away from quays near Heuston Station


FEBRUARY 5, 2015
Details of Liffey Cycle Route set to be made public

FEBRUARY 11, 2015
High-end retailer “horrified” that Liffey Cycle Route will take space from motorists

FEBRUARY 11, 2015
Dublin City manager says quays cycle path will help traffic flow

FEBRUARY 11, 2015
Public to have say on four options for Liffey Cycle Route

FEBRUARY 23, 2015
Majority of businesses objecting to Liffey Cycle Route own car parks

MARCH 2, 2015
12 reasons why the Liffey Cycle Route should be supported

MARCH 19, 2015
Feedback open on Liffey Cycle Route for Dublin’s quays

MARCH 20, 2015
Why #3 is the best of the Liffey Cycle Route options — but it needs some reworking

MARCH 25, 2015
Ireland’s cycling sporting body appeals to 22k members to support Liffey Cycle Route

MAY 8, 2015
Liffey Cycle Route: Over 1,200 submissions received

JUNE 4, 2015
Two-way Liffey Cycle Route option gains public support

JUNE 13, 2015
Liffey Cycle Route: Council committee asks for all options to be re-examined

JUNE 2, 2015
Dublin drops in list of cycling friendly cities due to “apathy”

JUNE 22, 2015
Most popular Liffey Cycle Route option may be blocked by planned building

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
Liffey Cycle Route delayed again as councillors lobbied by local residents

SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
Councillors ignore nearly 600 public submissions in Liffey Cycle Route debate

NOVEMBER 13, 2015
Preferred option for Liffey Cycle Route to be confirmed in February 2016

NOVEMBER 23, 2015
Liffey Cycle Route: A detailed look at the concept (part 1)

NOVEMBER 24, 2015
Liffey Cycle Route: A detailed look at the concept (part 2)


JANUARY 12, 2016
Liffey Cycle Route: A detailed look at the concept (part 3) 

FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Set back for cycling in Dublin as Liffey Cycle Route delayed again

APRIL 18, 2016
Iconic Liffey Cycle Route section abandoned after “severe” lobbying

APRIL 20, 2016
Yes, the Liffey Cycle Route public consultation was widely publicised

MAY 4, 2016
Yet-to-be built Dublin cycle route causing traffic congestion says Small Firms Association

MAY 21, 2016
Council confirms Liffey Cycle Route backstreet detour

MAY 23, 2016
Save the Liffey Cycle Route and consider Option 6

MAY 23, 2016
10 reasons why the Liffey Cycle Route backstreet detour should be rejected

MAY 26, 2016
Liffey Cycle Route backstreet detour gets first stage approval

JUNE 15, 2016
“Save the Liffey Cycle Route” says over 900 people

JUNE 24, 2016
An in depth look at the Liffey Cycle Route backstreet detour

JUNE 24, 2016
Liffey Cycle Route backstreet detour gets around pinch points by using footpaths

JULY 3, 2016
Liffey Cycle Route: 1,260 say kept it on the quays, 35% of councillors respond

JULY 22, 2016
Liffey Cycle Route survey: Bulk of Cllrs want to keep it on the quays, but strong undecided element

AUGUST 4, 2016
Liffey Cycle Route: A detailed look at the core city centre section

AUGUST 17, 2016
Liffey Cycle Route letter to city council on behalf of 1,352 people

AUGUST 17, 2016
Liffey Cycle Route backstreet detour “strongly opposed” by Dublin Cycling Campaign

OCTOBER 3, 2016
Buses and bicycles to stay on quays in new plan which will divert cars

OCTOBER 5, 2016
Dublin Chamber of Commerce poll shows strong public support for moving cars off Liffey quays

OCTOBER 6, 2016
Mixed views on removing cars off quays for bus and bicycle priority

NOVEMBER 18, 2016
First look at the Liffey Cycle Route design

NOVEMBER 23, 2016
Live updates: Liffey Cycle Route at the Dublin city traffic committee 

NOVEMBER 23, 2016
Liffey Cycle Route delayed again; Dublin Town business group objects


JANUARY 11, 2017
Cars off quays proposal for Liffey Cycle Route “not arrived at lightly”

JANUARY 14, 2017
Cycling options for crossing Liffey at East-Link under review

FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Amongst real concern, there’s a campaign of fear against planned Dublin traffic changes 

MARCH 19, 2017
Here’s why claims about the Liffey Cycle Route are scaremongering

MARCH 24, 2017
Family-friendly cycle planned to support Liffey Cycle Route

MARCH 29, 2017
Video released highlighting lack of space for cycling on Dublin’s quays

APRIL 7, 2017
Mayor launches cycling conference, then tells reporter he objects to Liffey Cycle Route

APRIL 12, 2017
Dublin’s lord mayor wants to merge buses and cars on “very small” section of quays

APRIL 28, 2017
Council releases “alternative” Liffey Cycle Route solution

APRIL 29, 2017
Liffey Cycle Route ‘solution’ includes 2.85 metre shared cycling and walking path

MAY 2, 2017
Sub-standard share path will make an “excellent cycle route” says Dublin business group

MAY 5, 2017
Lord mayor says “cyclists get everything they want” in sub-standard Liffey Cycle Route Option

MAY 14, 2017
Boardwalks for Liffey Cycle Route could cost €3 million more than ‘safer’ option

Campaigners call for support of Liffey Cycle Route this Sunday

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
Stoneybatter and Smithfield residents: Please don’t buy into scaremongering

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
NTA suspends funding for Liffey Cycle Route

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 *
Heated arguments and conflicting claims as Liffey Cycle Route put under review

NOVEMBER 2, 2017
Law Society report on Liffey Cycle Route suggests part-destruction of Dublin’s oldest bridge to keep traffic flowing


APRIL 30, 2018
Cycle path on Dublin’s quays delayed after NTA took over due to delays

JUNE 9, 2018
Cycle in support of Liffey route on Sunday

JULY 10, 2018
Liffey Cycle Route: NTA to share review report with city council in August

AUGUST 4, 2018
Dublin Cycling Campaign “fed up with excuses” on cycle route delays

AUGUST 15, 2018
If Dublin wants a more livable city, it needs to accept reducing car use

AUGUST 30, 2018
Liffey Cycle Route misses August deadline, progress due soon says NTA

Liffey Cycle Route protests continues after route progress delayed

Cycling bridge to be built at the mouth of the Royal Canal

OCTOBER 11, 2018
City council yet to get report on Liffey Cycle Route

OCTOBER 28, 2018
Progress likely on Liffey Cycle Route next month

NOVEMBER 10, 2018
Birthday cake to mark 7 years of Liffey Cycle Route planning

DECEMBER 8, 2018
Liffey Cycle Route preferred route reveal delayed until 2019


JANUARY 22, 2019
Council expects Liffey Cycle Route report “before the end of the month”

FEBRUARY 24, 2019
Review of Liffey Cycle Route options to pass 18 months

MARCH 8, 2019
New plan for Liffey Cycle Route due in April

APRIL 3, 2019
Liffey Cycle Route: New plan includes cycle paths on both quays

APRIL 3, 2019
Broad support for Liffey Cycle Route from politicians and businesses groups

MAY 2, 2019
Keeping cars on Dublin’s quays to add €7.6m to planned changes

MAY 17, 2019
Can the planned Liffey Cycle Route junctions be redesigned to be fit for Cycling For All?

MAY 22, 2019
Liffey Cycle Route is on the wrong path for Dublin’s future

MAY 29, 2019
A detailed look at the Liffey Cycle Route Option 9 eastbound (part 1)

JUNE 4, 2019
A detailed look at the Liffey Cycle Route Option 9 eastbound (part 2)

SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
28-year-old run over on part of planned Liffey Cycle Route

DECEMBER 6, 2019
The Times reported that the Liffey Cycle Route is delayed again and not expected to open until at least 2024

DECEMBER 9, 2019
Motor traffic around Dublin’s River Liffey quays shocked international cycling experts

DECEMBER 10, 2019

Trial a segregated cycle path on Dublin’s quays in 2020


JANUARY 6, 2020

Trialing Liffey Cycle Route discussed briefly at city council meeting

JANUARY 17, 2020

Over 4,000 people call on Dublin City Council to trial Liffey Cycle Route

FEBRUARY 3, 2020

Liffey Cycle Route could be trialed this summer

FEBRUARY 9, 2020

Official warns “difficult choices” needed to trial Liffey Cycle Route

FEBRUARY 27, 2020

Liffey Cycle Route: Council’s proposals include conflicts with buses, turning traffic and missing sections

FEBRUARY 28, 2020

7 reasons not to support Dublin City’s new proposals for the quays

MARCH 2, 2020

Liffey Cycle Route: Councillors press ahead with non-continuous interim proposals

Liffey Cycle Route: Here’s what’s planned on Dublin’s quays

MARCH 12, 2020

“Interim” plans for Dublin’s quays not a Liffey Cycle Route trial, says city’s head traffic official

APRIL 9, 2020

Liffey Cycle Route FOI request: Emails to/from Dublin City Council’s CEO in the last 6 months

APRIL 27, 2020

Liffey Cycle Route: Work to start on interim cycle route along Dublin’s quays

MAY 1, 2020

Interim Liffey Cycle Route looks to be more extensive than previously outlined

MAY 11, 2020

Liffey Cycle Route: What happened to more radical action?

JUNE 1, 2020

Next phase of interim Liffey Cycle Route to include Parkgate Street and Wolfe Tone Quay


JANUARY 27, 2021

Work on south quays Interim Liffey Cycle Route to start soon

APRIL 17, 2021

Interim Liffey Cycle Route on south quays includes sharing with buses, and car parking inside cycle lane

JULY 9, 2021

Interim Liffey Cycle Route progress on-going, but further delays ahead



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

DECEMBER 13, 2022

Liffey Cycle Route costs spiral to “above €100m” so that cars can stay on quays



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