Varadkar welcomes plans to upgrade canal towpath
Fine Gael TD for Dublin West and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has welcomed confirmation from Waterways Ireland* that the canal towpath between Porterstown and Clonsilla will be upgraded in 2012.
Confirmation that the towpath will be upgraded followed a meeting between Minister Varadkar and the CEO of Waterways Ireland, John Martin.
The path will be widened and laid with stone and grit to facilitate cyclists and pedestrians. The section being upgraded is located between the bridge at Clonsilla Station and Keenan Bridge on the Porterstown Road.
“I am very pleased that Waterways Ireland is upgrading this section of the towpath. The canal is a great local amenity but is underused and underdeveloped. It should be a great walking and cycling route through Dublin 15, both for commuters and for leisure. Some sections of the canal banks have already been upgraded but more needs to be done.”
The section along the ‘deep-sinking’ between Porterstown and Castleknock will be upgraded at a later date as resources allow.
* Waterways Ireland is the North-South body responsible for managing Ireland’s canals and inland waterways including the Royal Canal which passes through Dublin 15.