Cycle route changes add €13m to bill

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WORK is scheduled to begin later this year on a new cycle path across the north inner city.
It has taken six years to get the plan off the drawing board and the cost has risen from €7 million to €20m.

The scheme has been dogged by controversy and the plan was changed several times, once to spare trees in Fairview Park and, more recently, to improve safety measures.

The path will run for 2.7km from Fairview to Amiens Street. It will be two-metres wide and protected by kerbs, and in some places separated from the roadway by trees or parked cars. The project will include the development of a link through Fairview Park along the river Tolka, between North Strand Road and Alfie Byrne Road.

The route was initially proposed six years ago as a two-way track running on the east side of the road. A new plan put forward in 2017 proposed paths on both sides of the road.
This plan was met with protests when it was revealed that the it would involve the felling of 50 trees.

More than 15,000 people signed an online petition calling for the trees to be retained.
The city council subsequently amended its plans to save 42 of the trees.
This required the removal of part of the inbound traffic lane running in front of Fairview Park.

Councillors then ordered further design work be undertaken to achieve better segregation between cyclists, buses, and general traffic, and improved safety for pedestrians.
To accommodate enhanced bus corridors, each bus stop will have a passenger island with a segregated lane for cyclists to travel behind the stop.

Road junctions will be designed in the Dutch style where cyclists and pedestrians are separated from and given priority from traffic.

The work is expected to take two years to complete.

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