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County council seeks permission for €1 million cycling infrastructure on Wexford’s Newtown Road

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How the segregated pavement and cycle track could look according to the council's plans.

How the segregated pavement and cycle track could look according to the council's plans.

How the segregated pavement and cycle track could look according to the council's plans.

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WEXFORD County Council has lodged a planning application for the creation of a €1 million segregated cycle track which is to span the length of the Newtown Road in Wexford town.

The Newtown Road cycle scheme will commence at the New Ross Road roundabout, west of the Maldron Hotel and will extend approximately 1km eastwards to the junction with Coolcotts Lane. It will see a reduction in width of the existing R769, with a complete reconfiguration of the existing pavement.

The plans allow for a narrowing of the road to allow for a 1.8m wide segregated footpath and a minimum of 1.75m segregated cycle track on both sides of the road, while also maintaining the existing right-turning lanes.

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Initial examinations have shown that no significant effects on the environment are likely and an Environmental Assessment Report is not required. Submissions and observations on the scheme can be made in writing to Wexford County Council’s Planning Department at Carricklawn, Wexford, before June 22.

The move will be broadly welcomed by local cyclists, many of whom have been calling for segregated cycling infrastructure around Wexford for quite some time. The €1 million for the project was allocated by the National Transport Authority back in January of this year.


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