Greenway moves a step closer to Dublin

maynooth to confey greenway

Construction is currently underway for the 11km stretch of the Grand Canal Greenway, running from Sallins to Alymers Bridge. John Craddock Ltd. was awarded the contract after a competitive tendering process, and work began on-site in October 2022. We anticipate substantial completion by November 23, 2023.

We understand that construction work may cause some disruptions and inconvenience, but we are committed to minimizing these wherever possible. Unfortunately, the area between Sallins and the railway bridge will experience the most significant impact, as we construct the soil nailing system, bridge abutments, and green steepened slopes. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will continue to work efficiently to complete the project as soon as possible. Please see the list of current closures along the route below.
With the addition of the new hub, visitors will have access to a range of amenities, including bike rentals, picnic areas, and a café.

The restoration of the railway goods shed is a significant part of the project. The building, which dates back to the mid-1800s, was once a bustling hub for goods and passengers travelling between Limerick and Tralee. However, in recent years, the building has fallen into disrepair, and it has been out of use for many years.

The restoration of the railway goods shed will preserve an important piece of Irish history while also providing a new space for visitors to the area. The project will be carried out in a way that is respectful of the building’s heritage and will aim to maintain as much of the original structure and features as possible.

In addition to the restoration of the railway goods shed, the Limerick Greenway hub will also feature a range of new facilities, including a bike rental station, a café, and a picnic area. The aim is to provide visitors with everything they need to enjoy their time on the Greenway, whether they are cycling or walking the route.

One of the key features of the new hub is its universal accessibility. The developers have gone to great lengths to ensure that the facilities are accessible to everyone, regardless of their mobility level. This includes the installation of wheelchair ramps, accessible toilets, and other features that make the site fully inclusive.

Overall, the Limerick Greenway hub promises to be a fantastic addition to the West Limerick region. The restoration of the railway goods shed will provide visitors with a glimpse into Ireland’s rich history, while the new facilities will make it easier than ever for people to explore the stunning countryside. Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or a casual walker, the Limerick Greenway hub is sure to be a destination worth visiting.

Grand Canal Greenway Phase 1 Sallins to Alymers Bridge

Written by Kieran Kelly

September 1, 2021

Kildare County Council are currently accepting tenders for the construction work of the Royal Canal Greenway from Maynooth Harbour to Confey.

The closing date for acceptance of tenders is 29-09-2021 17:00

Construction will take up to 1 year once contracts have been signed. 

The contruction will involve:
Site clearance;
• Provision of a new paved surface on sections of the northern canal bank only, including widening of
the towpath at certain locations, and construction of deviations from the existing towpath;
• Provision of a new grit surface on sections of the northern canal bank only, including widening of the
towpath at certain locations;
• Raising of existing quay wall coping at Maynooth Harbour and installation of pedestrian guardrail;
• Minor upgrading of the road network local to the scheme including provision of traffic calming signs /
markings, kerbing, uncontrolled crossing facilities and signal controlled toucan crossing facilities;
• Construction of a shared pedestrian and cycle track along the south side of the R148 between Pike
Bridge and Deey Bridge;
• Installation of additional facilities to improve the amenity value of the canal (picnic tables, benches,
fishing stands, cycle parking stands, cycle counters, bike maintenance stands, etc);
• Installation of access gates and fencing;
• Provision of public lighting and associated ducts/columns;
• Provision of spare ducting and other utility works to facilitate the scheme;
• The establishment of all necessary traffic management to complete the works safely;

Kieran Kelly
Author: Kieran Kelly

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