New pedestrian and cycle route gets permission in Balbriggan

by Rachel Darcy

Fingal County Council has granted planning permission for a new pedestrian and cycle route in Balbriggan.

The Harry Reynolds Road Pedestrian and Cycle Route in Balbriggan which will provide safe, segregated cycling and pedestrian routes for residents and schoolchildren.

Estimated to cost around €8.5m, the 3km route will be funded by the National Transport Authority as part of Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan, and will play a key role in the developing of a sustainable and active travel network in the town.

Linking a number of local schools and amenities and serving a large part of the local population, the scheme will also provide for a future link to the proposed Fingal Coastal Way greenway.

The scheme was one of the priority actions “20 things in the first 12 months” committed to by Fingal County Council as part of the “Our Balbriggan 2019-2025 Rejuvenation Plan”.

Submissions received during the planning process expressed concerns regarding the scheme’s impact on trees, with the approved design amended to retain more of the existing trees while including the planting of trees at various locations along the route.  

Following motions from local councillors, a commitment was also given by Fingal County Council to provide a piece of public art as part of the scheme.

The scheme will be procured in early 2021 with a view to starting construction later in the year, with a construction duration of approximately 18 months.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr David Healy said: “I welcome the Council approval for the Harry Reynolds Road Pedestrian and Cycle Route scheme. It is part of a County-wide commitment to active travel which is central both to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting public health.”

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