Royal Canal Greenway

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Royal Canal Premium Cycle Route Phase 2 – Sheriff Street Upper to North Strand Road

The Royal Canal Premium Cycle Route Phase 2 scheme was officially opened to the public by Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu on Friday, 31st July 2020. 

The Royal Canal Premium Cycle Route Phase 2 project is located between Sheriff Street Upper and North Strand Road. It passes through property belonging to CIE and Waterways Ireland adjacent to the Royal Canal over a length of 750 metres. The project consists of the construction of a segregated 3-metre wide cycle track and 2-metre wide footpath, which are combined on a viaduct bridge at the northern end of the site, along with a linear park. The project also consists of the realignment of the junction of Seville Place, Guild Street and Sheriff Street Upper and the provision of a toucan crossing at its entrance with North Strand Road. Access points to the scheme are provided at Sheriff Street Upper and North Strand Road. The project ties into the recently constructed Newcomen Footbridge.

The project is part of Project Ireland 2040 and was funded by the National Transport Authority under the Sustainable Transport Measures Grant. It cost €8.9 million to construct and the budget for the scheme is €10.8 million. The project was designed by Roughan and O’ Donovan Consulting Engineers and constructed by Jons Civil Engineering Limited. The project was originally scheduled for completion at the end of April but was delayed due to  COVID-19 restrictions.

The Royal Canal Greenway

The Royal Canal runs from Dublin to Longford with a total distance of 146 kilometres.  The Dublin city section of the greenway will provide a high quality walking and cycling route of over 7km linking Ashtown to the North Quays at the Samuel Beckett Bridge once completed.  The Royal Canal Greenway is part of the National Cycle Network.

Map of Royal Canal Greenway

Current status:

Phase 1: Guild St. to Upper Sheriff St., 0.5 Km – Completed in 2009. 

Phase 2: Upper Sheriff St. to North Strand, 0.7km – Completed July 2020

Phase 3: North Strand to Phibsboro 2.1km – detailed design phase.

Phase 4: Cross Guns Bridge, Phibsboro to Longford Bridge, Ashtown: 4.3Km. This project has 4 sub-phases. Phase 4A involves the introduction of a contra-flow bus lane over Broome Bridge and is currently in construction. It will be completed by October 2020. Phases B, C and D are currently in the design stage.