Next phase of the Dublin Galway Greenway could be open by Easter

Next phase of the Dublin Galway Greenway could be open by Easter

Dublin Galway Greenway is the centrepiece of the National Greenway Strategy

Dublin Galway Greenway is the centrepiece of the National Greenway Strategy

TII to take the lead in completing the Dublin Galway Greenway

It was announced this week, that Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) will be handed the lead role in delivering the remaining sections of the Dublin Galway Greenway.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

January 2016 Greenway Update

It has been a relatively quiet month on the Dublin Galway Greenway project. As the controversy over the East Galway route quietens down, focus has shifted to the Kildare and Meath section of the greenway. We can only suspect that the project planners are taking stock after the bruising they received from the landowners in Galway and are now taking some time out to consider the best way forward for the western section of the greenway.

But while the Dublin Galway greenway takes a breather, supporters of national greenway projects were heartened by the following news updates:

Reconciliation Hopes in Sligo Mayo Greenway

The West On Track and the Sligo Greenway groups took some steps towards a reconciliation over the past month. These two groups have been in very different camps about the potential use of the Sligo to Claremorris disused railway. After the Minister for Transport Paschal Donohue stated that the actual rail tracks have no value in any future operational railway, it became apparent that the West On Track’s position became redundant on the need to keep the rusting tracks. It has also been reported that there is growing interest abroad (especially from German and the US) in a potential greenway from Sligo to Claremorris.

Kildare gets moving on the Royal Canal Greenway

Kildare County Council has started a public consultation on the Royal Canal Greenway from Maynooth to the Dublin County border just outside Leixlip. This section will be part of the Dublin Galway greenway. However, some cycling interest groups, such as, have commented that the standard of the greenway does not meet international standards as a commuting route for cyclists. Kildare County Council will review all of the submissions and move forward accordingly.

Lovely Leitrim Greenways

According to reports this month, Leitrim County Council will begin its bid to develop two greenway projects in the county this year. This blog also reported on this news and the potential connections of Leitrim’s greenways into a large network of greenways with connection to the Dublin Galway Greenway.

Ulster Canal may get it’s own Greenway

Waterways Ireland is exploring the potential of a greenway on the planned Ulster Canal. Given the success of other greenways along the canals it would seem an obvious move. An invitation to tender for Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Ulster Canal Greenway Strategy has been placed on the online. ​The tender can be viewed here and comments are open until the 27th January 2016

Dodder Valley Greenway

As part of a 40M funding announcement by the government about gateway and hub towns, it was revealed that almost 1.5M will be allocated to Dodder Valley Greenway (South Dublin Co. Co.) to complete 2 phases of the scheme to install & extend cycle and pedestrian routes. The Irishtimes reported, however, that opinion is divided on the project and that some people fear the project will see the Dodder Valley developed into a cycling superhighway.

Athlone to Mullingar Cycleway goes from strength to strength

Following the successful opening of the Athlone to Mullingar greenway by the Taoiseach in October, the greenway is getting significant interest with numbers of cyclists growing rapidly. As predicted with these type of projects, tourism related business opportunities follow and we are glad to see many new bike hire companies in Athlone and Mullingar have opened.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Leitrims Greenway plans could link with the Dublin Galway Greenway

According to reports from the Shannonside newsroom, Leitrim county council is seeking funds to develop two new greenway routes that could link with the Dublin Galway Greenway.

CEO of Leitrim County Council Frank Curran says the council will apply for seven million euro to construct a cycling track between Manorhamilton to Enniskillen in County Fermanagh along the disused railway track. The council will also look to progress a greenway between Dromod in South Leitrim that will connect to Belturbet in County Cavan.

These ambitious projects will help build Leitrim's growing reputation as a outdoor activity destination and fits alongside projects such as the successful Shannon Blueway canoe and walking trails. The success of the Mayo greenway has encouraged more councils to look to build greenways in their own county and when joined together and promoted internationally could attract millions of tourists to parts of Ireland that have traditional been bypassed by tourists.

Plans by Longford county council to develop the Royal Canal greenway as far as Clondra could prove to be a very wise move as it could provide a connection between the Dublin Galway greenway to this network and provide a gateway to north west greenways in Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo.

Further information on the Dromod to Belturbet greenway is available on the canalgreenway website. And a full proposal for the Manorhamilton to Enniskillen greenway is available for the government backed smartertravel website.