Thursday 19 September 2019

Underpass to open before school term

Agreement has been reached and work will start shortly

Mary Fogarty

The railway underpass at Bray Harbour is expected to be ready for use by the start of the school term.

Agreement has been reached with all parties and work will start shortly to complete the cycling and pedestrian link.

'This will provide full pedestrian and cycling linkage from the Dublin Road through to the Harbour and seafront cycle path,' said Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District, Cllr Steven Matthews.

'It will also have access from the Ravenswell Road River Walk through the same route to harbour and seafront.

'I've been working on this for a long time, quietly and consistently in order to get this very important link open,' said Cllr Matthews.

He said that in terms of the overall cycle network, work should start on the link at the Barracuda building later in the year, while improvements at the other end up along Putland Road and Meath Road junctions are out for public consultation.

A northern cycle, walking, greenway through the north harbour area and on towards Shanganagh is also hoped for,

'It has taken quite a long time to get this done but I'm delighted with this result and looking forward to safer and better linkage throughout our town for pedestrians, cyclists and safer school walking routes,' said Cllr Matthews.

The cycle path through the Harbour and under the rail bridge was a condition of planning permission for the new schools and was funded by the NDFA under the schools building programme.

District manager Tom Murphy said last month that while terms were generally agreed, a deed of right of way was to be signed by the council and a landowner.

Bray People