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Broadmeadow Way project will take pedestrians and cyclists across the estuary between Donabate and Malahide

Broadmeadow Way project will take pedestrians and cyclists across the estuary between Donabate and Malahide

Broadmeadow Way project will take pedestrians and cyclists across the estuary between Donabate and Malahide

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Fingal County Council has revealed that the proposed €12 million Broadmeadow Way, connecting Donabate and Malahide with a walkway and cycleway across Broadmeadow Estuary is at an 'advanced stage of design', with construction set to take place between 2022-2023 for an opening of the greenway in 2023.

The council received planning permission last May for the greenway project - which will link Malahide and Donabate across the Broadmeadow Estuary - and appointed RPS consultants to work from design to construction stage. Irish Rail are acting as consultants for the main estuary bridge.

Fingal County Council has advance contracts procured and pending and has moved from a pre-foreshore application to a full foreshore application, and expects to get consent from the Department early next year.

The local authority has said there will likely be an estuary contract covering Bisset's Strand to the north shore and a landward contract for Malahide to Donabate.

In parallel with the detailed design for the Broadmeadow Way, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has asked planners to look at connectivity route options between the greenway and Donabate train station.

The next step of the project is to finalise connectivity route options, which will involve non-statutory consultation on the emerging routes. The project is set to go through the tender process later this year for some of the construction contracts, with work expected to be carried out on-site late 2021 to early 2022.

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Map of the proposed route of the Broadmeadow Way

Map of the proposed route of the Broadmeadow Way

Map of the proposed route of the Broadmeadow Way

The main construction will take place from 2022-2023 with the plan to open the Broadmeadow Way in late 2023.

Councillors were offered an update on the project at a recent Local Area Committee meeting.

The council plans to engage with councillors again in April 2021, when a detailed project update meeting will be held, with appointed designers in attendance.

Broadmeadow Way is a 'game changer'

A local Fianna Fáil councillor has said the proposed Broadmeadow Way greenway linking Malahide and Donabate is set to be a 'game-changer' for the region.

Cllr Adrian Henchy was speaking at a recent Local Area Committee meeting, where councillors were updated on the progress of the greenway project.

Addressing the Area Committee, Cllr Henchy said it was 'great' to get an update on the Broadmeadow Way project, which was set to be 'a game-changer.'

He welcomed a precondition set by the National Transport Authority (NTA) that connectivity be provided to Donabate train station and Donabate village, he said.

Cllr Henchy said he wondered if the greenway would be wide enough for walkers, cyclists, wheelchair users and other users.

Cllr Joe Newman (NP), also speaking at the Local Area Committee meeting, said the Broadmeadow Way was a 'fantastic' project, and he hoped it wouldn't take 'too long' to complete.

Cllr Newman said he realised the greenway would link coastal towns such as Baldoyle, Sutton, Malahide and Donabate, but Swords hadn't been mentioned during the project update.

The Swords councillor said, would greatly benefit from access to the greenway, which would encourage tourism into the area.

Cllr Newman said he and other councillors had called for a greenway from Swords Castle down to the estuary, and he understood there was funding for such a project.

He didn't see why a greenway could not be provided from Broadmeadow Way up to Swords Castle and would like to see this in future plans, he said.

Cllr Ian Carey (GP) asked if any indication could be given as to route options 'on the Donabate side' of the Broadmeadow Way.

He said he envisaged that traffic on the greenway would be busy, and asked if there were plans to segregate cyclists and pedestrians..

A council official, responding to Cllr Newman's comments, said a link to Swords was not included in the project, but she would 'pass on the sentiment' to the engineers in the Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Department, and to the Active Transport section.

The official agreed that funding was available for such a link and said she was sure additional connectivity would be provided for.

With regard to connectivity, the official said an exit off the greenway will be provided on Corballis Road, and, subject to planning permission connect up to Donabate village.

A pedestrian bridge was also planned 'south of the existing bridge' and there were a number of other permeability options.

In relation to segregation on the greenway, the official noted the width of the greenway is approximately, four metres, and added there were no plans to segregate the route for cyclists and pedestrians.


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