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Development of the Royal Canal Towpath

130km of the Royal Canal towpath has been upgraded to a Greenway and is open for use, linking Maynooth to Cloondara, in Co Longford. 

Greenways are recreational, off-road routes for walkers, cyclists and other non-motorised transport. 

Find out more about the Royal Canal Greenway here.

Works are also ongoing to develop the Royal Canal towpath between Maynooth and Dublin.

During the current development phase, you may experience some disruption to your walking or cycling journey.

Below is a summary of the works ongoing and the restrictions to be aware of. 

CURRENT DEVELOPMENT WORKS ON THE ROYAL CANAL TOWPATH EAST OF MAYNOOTH

The works on the Towpath are being completed in phases as they are dependent on planning approval, funding confirmation and contractor appointment.  There are multiple partners involved: led by the National Transport Authority, working with Waterways Ireland and the local authorities. This complexity means accurate completion date for individual stages cannot be given at this time.


LOCATION

STATUS

Spencer Dock to Sheriff Street

Completed

Sheriff Street to Newcomen Bridge

Completed

Newcomen Bridge to Phibsborough Road

Planning Approved – construction date tbc

Phibsborough Road to 10th Lock

Planning Approved - construction date tbc

10th Lock to 12th Lock

Completed

12th Lock to Confey

Consultants have appointed, the design is at pre-planning stage, however significant works involved through the ‘Deep Sinking’ area.

Confey (Cope Slipway) to Maynooth Slipway

Consultants appointed and planning approval has obtained; at detailed design / tender stage


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