Announcing funding details for the project from the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Minister Varadkar confirmed that the Royal Canal between Ashtown and Castleknock will be upgraded to a full cycle and pedestrian route.
Dublin 15 residents will be able to use the new facility for recreation purposes, but also as a dedicated cycle route towards the city.
“I’m delighted to confirm funding for this project, which will transform this stretch of the Royal Canal into a great new facility. The new route will be ideal for recreation purposes, providing an outlet for cyclists and walkers in the area.
“It will also provide a dedicated cycle and walking route into Dublin, and should encourage more people to leave their car and to cycle instead.”
Minister Varadkar also outlined a longer term proposal to develop a greenway right across Ireland, alongside the Royal Canal. This could run from Dublin to Galway, and on to Westport, using the bankside of the Royal Canal as its route.
“Fingal County Council and the National Transport Authority are currently carrying out a study on the feasibility of developing a Greenway along the canal between Ashtown and Leixlip.
“It would be a very exciting project to extend this and provide the first cross-country Greenway across Ireland. It could use the Ashtown to Castleknock Greenway as the start of a much longer route.
“I’m very excited by this cross-country Greenway proposal, although we are still at a very early stage. Nevertheless, if the project does prove feasible, and if funding can be secured, I believe it would be a major asset for outdoor recreation and tourism in Ireland.”