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Tuesday, 2nd March 2021

Council considering cycle paths along Termonfeckin and Dublin Roads

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A file shot of the Ramparts walk and cycle way taken just after the start of the firstlockdown in March last year. It isseldom this deserted these days. This shot also shows the low wall that Councillor Fiachra MacRaghnaill thinks may have been a factor in an incident over the weekend in which a boy fell into the water.

There was much talk of facilities for cycling and walking at yesterday’s Borough District of Drogheda meeting when it was revealed that dedicated cycle/walking routes on the Termonfeckin Road and Dublin Road already under consideration.

In the last couple of years Central Government seems to have woken up to the fact that motorists are not the only group using the roads and, perhapd following the lead of our partners in Europe, money is now being made available for cycling and walking infrastructure.

Councillor Pio Smith was the first to raise the topic with a motion in which he asked the Council to investigate the possibility of installing new cycle lanes on the Newfoundwell Road.

He was told by Director for Services, Economic Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Frank Pentony, that the Council already has a proposal in with the National Transport Authority seeking funds for design fees for cycle lanes and walking paths on the R166 Termonfeckin Road from the junction with the Sandpit Road back to St. Joseph’s School.

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“If approved and subject to the extent of the funding received, we will examine extending these back further toward the town centre” Mr. Pentony said.

Councillor James Byrne asked about NTA funding for cycle lanes on the R132 Dublin Road from Drogheda town centre as far as the train station and was told that the Council had a similar request in with the NTA for design fees for a cycle/walk route from the Bridge of Peace to the station.

Councillor Byrne welcomed this news that Louth County Council has submitted proposals to the NTA under the Active Travel Programme. One such proposal is to provide cycle lanes from the Bridge of Peace to Drogheda train station, incorporating part of the Marsh Road.

“If funding is approved this year it is expected to be for design fees only in 2021 - as there may need to be a redesign of junctions to facilitate any new cycle lanes - with a view towards going to construction in 2022.

On a more sombre note several councillors mentioned an incident which occurred at the Ramparts walk at the weekend in which a young boy fell into the river while cycling with his father.

Several members called for barriers to be installed along a particular section of the walk which, as several embers stated has been a “victim of its own success” in that it has been very popular, especially during the lockdowns.

James Byrne said that but for the fact that the tide was in far enough to cushion the boy’s fall but not deep enough to pose a threat to his life there could have been a nasty outcome.

He suggested the Council look at the possibility of barriers being installed to prevent a recurrence.

Councillor Fiachra MacRaghnaill said that the work on the newly resurfaced Rampart walk had resulted in sections of a small wall about a foot high had been reduced to just two inches and suggested that barriers might be considered in this area.

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