County Hall planning extension to popular Douglas cycleway

County Hall planning extension to popular Douglas cycleway
Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy, Mayor of the County of Cork at the official opening of Ballybrack Valley (Mangala) Pedestrian and Cycle Route in Douglas last summer. Pic: Brian Lougheed

A cycle route across Douglas is seeking submissions from the public as part of the initial stages of a part eight planning application.

The proposed extension to the Ballybrack Valley pedestrian and cycleway will go from the Berkley Estate off the Old Carrigaline Road up the valley to the N28 Carr’s Hill Interchange on through Maryborough Ridge to link to Maryborough Hill, Douglas.

The development comprises of a 2.1km pedestrian and cycle path with three crossings along with two bridges and three raised table crossing points.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus McGrath said that the existing Ballybrack Walk/Cycleway has been a tremendous success and he welcomes the extension.

“The proposal ultimately links the pathway to Maryborough Hill which connects it to a densely populated area and opens it up to thousands of potential users.

“The pathway will be a great recreational facility, but will also has the potential to be used as a way of sustainable travel to work, schools and so on.

“I appreciate there may be some concerns from local residents and I would encourage everyone to engage with the public consultation so that sensible amendments can be made where necessary. “ The project has been open to public submissions since February 22 and will remain open until Friday, March 22.

If approved, the cycleway would be part of a series of cycleways coming on stream that hope to create a network of cycle and walking pathways in the area.

The proposed Greenway connects other primary, secondary and interurban cycle network facilities such as those available on Church Road, Donnybrook Hill, Carrigaline Road, Douglas Street East and IU-3 - N28 and R611.

Within the wider context, a series of greenways have been developed within Tramore Valley Park, Passage West Greenway extension/Monahan Road and Willow Park to South Douglas Road which provides connectivity to Cork City.

After this phase, the submissions will be examined and a planners report will be prepared, followed by a report by the Chief Executive, which will then be taken to Council to be voted on.

Submissions should be made either in writing to Senior Engineer, Traffic & Transport, Floor 11 County Hall, Cork or by email to trafficandtransport@corkcoco.ie.

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