Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (42)

Ciarán Cuffe


143 Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Transport if his Department is considering submissions for the introduction of a special leisure and commuting cycle route along the sea-front in Dublin Bay from Sandycove to Sutton; the way in which the funding for such a project could be provided; and the agency which will be responsible for its co-ordination and completion. [2158/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

The S2S — Sutton to Sandycove — proposal referred to by the Deputy involves the provision of a 22 km promenade and cycle way around Dublin Bay from Sutton to Sandycove, with links to the city centre. The plan entails linking the existing and planned walkways and cycle ways around the bay in a co-ordinated fashion by construction of the missing elements and upgrading some of the existing facilities.

I am supportive, in principle, of the concept and following a meeting with one of the project promoters last year, requested that the Dublin Transportation Office allocate funds from its traffic management grants towards a feasibility study of the proposal. I also wrote to the relevant local authorities — Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council — and to Irish Rail, to seek their support for this concept and investment in a feasibility study as soon as possible.

The DTO is on the steering committee of the project, which is chaired by the Dublin Regional Authority, along with representatives from the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. I expect preliminary design to get under way shortly.