Limerick Smarter Travel announce plan for shared cycleway and riverwalk

Press Release, Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Limerick Smarter Travel has applied to An Bord Pleanála for approval to upgrade the existing towpath along the River Shannon from the University of Limerick Boat Club to the Guinness pedestrian bridge. It is hoped that the plan for a shared cycleway and river walk will encourage users to commute from the city centre and Corbally to the University and Castletroy area.

Consultation has taken place between Limerick Smarter Travel and a number of interested and local parties as well as national prescribed bodies such as Waterways Ireland, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Inland Fisheries Ireland. The wide ranging and varying comments received from each of these groups has been taken into account in the plan to achieve a balanced design.
Pat O’Neill, Project Manager, Limerick Smarter Travel, said the proposed cycleway and river walk will be a 3m wide decked boardwalk that will follow the line of the existing path.

“Having considered all options, it was decided to choose the boardwalk option as this was the most environmentally friendly,” he explained. “This riverside path is already a very popular route in Limerick and the construction of the boardwalk will allow greater inclusivity for all people who wish to either commute or take a leisurely walk along the Shannon. Wheelchair users, families with buggies, walkers, runners and cyclists will be able to share the path and make their way along the river in comfort”.

For public safety, CCTV and lighting is also being provided. The LED lighting that is being proposed has taken into account the sensitive ecological concerns along the river and will not be required during the summer months. There are currently four bridges along the route- some of which are very good examples of masonry arch bridges and the industrial heritage of Limerick.

Mr O’Neill continued; “These bridges will be restored and will continue to form part of the path. New footbridges will be constructed adjacent to the existing bridges providing the width and level surface necessary for inclusive mobility and for commuting.”

Pending approval from An Bord Pleanála it is hoped that construction of the upgrade could begin in early 2015.

Submissions or Observations may be made in writing to the Board at its address at The Strategic Infrastructure Division: An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, up to the 18th June 2014. Further information on the proposal may be found at www.limerickcity.ie/Transport/LimerickSmarterTravelRoute2 or from the Limerick Smarter Travel Offices

Last update:20/05/2014

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