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Bikes scheme could reach as far as Tallaght


Dublin bikes scheme has been a big success

Dublin bikes scheme has been a big success

Dublin bikes scheme has been a big success

The popular Dublinbikes scheme could be extended to Tallaght.

South Dublin County Council's three-year capital programme for 2015 to 2017 has outlined plans for significant investment in the area of traffic management, cycleway development and bus transport corridors.

The document was put before councillors at the December meeting of the council yesterday.

"The overall emphasis of expenditure relates to housing, transportation and mobility, economic development and quality of life," said Daniel McLoughlin, the council's chief executive.


He said that provision of €14.2m has been made for the upgrade of the Adamstown and Nangor Roads, which are critical to the to the continuing development of the west of the county.

"It is hoped that the Dublinbikes scheme will be extended to Tallaght for 2016," Mr McLoughlin said.

Meanwhile, under the area of recreation and amenity, €1.7m has been provided over the next three years to build, upgrade and refurbish play spaces and playgrounds.

In addition, €600,000 has been allocated to begin the roll-out of a sports pavilion programme. Specific projects have not yet been identified.

Some €170,000 has been provided to upgrade the Dodder Valley Park development at Firhouse. This includes two playing pitches, a grass athletics park and a BMX track.

And provision of €750,000 has been made for the development of a new sports hall in the Lucan area.

Lucan councillor Danny O Brien welcomed the allocation of funding for sports pavilions in the capital programme

"These pavilions are badly needed in our parks for children and adults to change and shower instead of the containers that are used at present," he said.

"I will be lobbying the council for the first pavilion to be built in the Lucan area."

A total of €7.6m has been set aside for the villages programme, including landmark projects such as the Clondalkin Round Tower. And the recently commissioned tourism development strategy will be completed by February.