New pedestrian and cycle bridge on Royal Canal now open to public

by Rachel Darcy

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paul McAuliffe, officially opened a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Royal Canal on North Wall Quay last Friday.

The new bridge is expected to improve the experience of pedestrians and cyclists using the Liffey Campshires, and provides segregated pathways for cyclists and pedestrians to enhance safety and accessibility.

Funding for the project was provided by the National Transport Authority (NTA).

Speaking about the opening, Cllr McAuliffe said: “It is my pleasure to open this much anticipated new twin bridge, which will makes journeys safer and more enjoyable for those people who use this busy route.

“This crossing was previously a bottleneck for all traffic using this route, and this new bridge is a welcome solution for all users.”

Speaking at the opening, Dublin Central TD, Minister Paschal Donohoe said: “If we want to encourage people to use alternative forms of transport and to leave the car at home, we must provide the appropriate infrastructure and motivate them to do that.

“These new bridges offer safe access routes for cyclist and pedestrians and builds on the existing pathways for both users along this central location.”

Speaking about the bridge, city engineer John Flanagan said: “The new twin bridge has been carefully designed to have minimum impact on the historic Scherzer bridges.

“Each section has distinct individual steel structures, separated from the historic Scherzer bridges, and respects the integrity of the finely crafted quay walls.”

The bridge is set to form a key part of the long-term Liffey Cycle Way project.

Anne Graham, chief executive of the NTA, said: “Cycling and walking are both sustainable methods of transport that the NTA is dedicated to funding and supporting as part of our commitment to the Climate Action Plan.

“With more pedestrians and cyclists, we can reduce both our carbon footprint and the congestion in our city centre.”

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