Clontarf to City Centre Improvement Project

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The 2.7km Clontarf to City Centre (C2CC) scheme will be the first scheme that integrates high quality cycle tracks and continuous bus priority along the same corridor in Dublin City.  The detailed design of the scheme is currently being finalised and construction is due to commence in Q1 2021.

Fig. 1: C2CC Improvement Project - Scheme Extent

Fig. 1: C2CC Improvement Project - Scheme Extent


The aim of the C2CC Improvement Project is to provide a high-quality cycle route linking the Clontarf area to the city centre to cater for existing and future demand.  It addition, the scheme will facilitate improvements to bus journey time reliability through the introduction of bus priority infrastructure along the corridor.


  • Provide high quality, continuous and consistent cycling facilities to cater for existing and future demand;
  • To protect vulnerable road users through the delivery of a safe and attractive route for commuter and recreational cycling;
  • To improve bus journey times and reliability;
  • To simplify the interchange between bus services and other transport modes;
  • Reduce reliance on private car transport;
  • To reduce transport emissions;
  • To improve the urban realm, landscape and built environment along the route;
  • To enable National (Project Ireland 2040), Regional (GDA Transport Strategy) and Local (Dublin City Development Plan, 2016-2022) strategic outcomes to be realised and deliver on relevant climate action targets.

What does the C2CC Improvement Project Include?

  • Facilities to link to the future Royal Canal Route, including a pedestrian footbridge to be provided as part of a separate scheme Newcomen Bridge Cycle Project;
  • Linkage to other cycle routes such as Howth Road, Malahide Road, Sutton to Sandycove Scheme,
  • Seville Place, Killarney Street and Amiens Street/Talbot Street;
  • Bus lanes, consideration of high-quality stops in accordance with BusConnects design aspirations, and setting back and upgrading of existing bus stops;
  • A riverside link through Fairview Park to link Annesley Bridge Road to Alfie Byrne Road as part of the Tolka Valley Greenway;
  • Upgrading the existing cycle tracks at Clontarf seafront to resolve conflicts with pedestrians, public realm recommendations, footway widths, street furniture and materials;
  • A full landscape design proposal for the route, including lighting and materials;
  • Upgrade and reconfiguration of existing signalised junctions;
  • Construction of new toucan crossings;
  • Installation of DCC CCTV Infrastructure and public lighting and street furniture
  • Soft landscaping, including several new trees;
  • High quality granite paving and kerbing, and precast and in-situ concrete paving;
  • Watermain upgrades and drainage works;
  • Protection of existing utilities;
  • Road markings and traffic signs.

Benefits of the C2CC Improvement Project

The key benefits of the C2CC Improvement Project, estimated using National Transport Authority’s Eastern Transport Model as well as review of literature and case studies include:

  • An increase in  cycling– representing an additional 330 and 433 cyclists per day by 2026 and 2035 respectively, equivalent to a 10% increase in cyclist numbers;
  • Cycle journey times savings - due to improvements in the level of service of the cycle facilities which will result in a saving of ~1.25mins for cyclists travelling along the route corridor;
  • A modal shift towards sustainable travel which will reduce reliance on private car - by 2035 the scheme will encourage ~500 new cyclists which in the absence of the scheme would potentially represent ~400 cars or the need for 5-6 additional buses;
  • An increase in bus usage  - the proposed scheme will result in a 3-4% uplift in bus passengers along the corridor;
  • Significant bus journey time savings - the proposed scheme will significantly reduce bus journey times along the Clontarf to City Centre corridor resulting in a 24-48% reduction in journey times during the peak periods;
  • Significant safety benefits;
  • Health benefits savings;
  • Absenteeism reduction savings;
  • Journey Quality improvements.

Photomontage of new cycle track under railway bridge, Amiens Street

Photomontage of new cycle track under railway bridge, Amiens Street