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Development of the Royal Canal Towpath

Works are ongoing to develop the longest off road Greenway in Ireland, along the Royal Canal. Greenways are recreational, off-road routes for walkers, cyclists and other non-motorised transport. 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. The website for the completed phase of the Royal Canal Greenway which is about to launch is here

ROYAL CANAL GREENWAY


  • Surfacing of the “Royal Canal Greenway” between Maynooth and Richmond Harbour / Longford Town has been completed.  Further works such as the installation of trail signage, ancillary infrastructure, etc. are ongoing, to deliver a quality visitor experience.  These developments will provide a 130km long-distance trail, suitable for both walkers and cyclists
  • While the ambition is to deliver a Royal Canal Greenway that commences at Spencer Dock Dublin, it is not currently possible to cycle along all of the route from Dublin city to Maynooth, due to works ongoing or in planning. This section of the Royal Canal Greenway has a longer timescale to completion. 


CURRENT DEVELOPMENT WORKS ON THE ROYAL CANAL TOWPATH 

​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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