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New €600k cycle and footpath on Royal Canal

A new cycle and footpath is to be built along the Royal Canal.

Fingal County Council has just published a tender for the construction of a 3.5m-wide cycle way and footpath along the existing towpath at the Royal Canal greenway between Ashtown and Castleknock.

It follows a period of public consultation for the new and improved cycle and walking infrastructure.

Safety railings and signage will be erected at certain locations along the route. And there will be new toucan crossing at Ashtown.

Earlier this year, Fingal County Council published details of the proposals and invited submissions in relation the proposals.

It revealed that the public lighting system would be "designed to minimise impact on bats and other nocturnal wildlife".



In addition, landscaping and planting works will also be carried out.

This scheme followed the completion of the Royal Canal greenway feasibility study, which was published last December by the Fingal County Council, in conjunction with Waterways Ireland and the National Transport Authority.

The Royal Canal is a proposed natural heritage area.

Under the plans, minor works will be carried out to Longford Bridge, Ranelagh Bridge and Talbot Bridge, which are protected structures.

Funding of €600,000 was announced last year.