A proposed 1km cycle and pedestrian track linking Grange and Tramore Valley Park with convenient links to the city centre has taken a step forward after councillors in the Carrigaline-Ballincollig Municipal District decided to send plans to full council for approval.
The path, starting on Grange Road with a pedestrian walkway, cycle path also an overbridge on the N40, is proposed to be four metres wide, almost a kilometre long, and will run through the valley along the line of an existing trail to the northern side of Tramore Valley Park to meet the N40 via a bridge over the south ring road.
Nineteen submissions were made from the public with the majority being positive. Some had listed concerns about anti-social behaviour but Council engineers say this will be negated by lighting and CCTV along the route, while no seats or benches will be installed.
Speeding of cyclists was also raised as the path has a gradient of 50m from start to end but traffic calming measures will be included in the scheme.
Councillors welcomed the Part 8 report and it will now to go to full council for planning.
The project has the potential to be a “game changer” in the area according to Seamus McGrath (FF).
“This will offer an alternative route to get right into the city centre and it will encourage many people to leave the car at home into the future,” he said.
Councillor Eoghan Jeffers (SF) said he “wholeheartedly” welcomed the project.
“I can't underline how important it is to the area. It is probably the biggest project ever to happen in the Grange and Frankfield area. It's going to be of massive benefit,” he added.
Deirdre Forde (FG) expressed some concerns in relation to anti-social behaviour but added that with a conjoined effort between residents and gardaí the path would be “very valuable” to the people of the area.