Recent storms have shown the need to protect the Dun Laoghaire railway line
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD today called for the Poolbeg to Sandycove cycleway to be prioritised as part of a new flood defense plan.
Speaking today, he said: “We are calling on the National Transport Authority (NTA) to proceed with the planned coastal cycle and walkway from Poolbeg to Sandycove as part of a new coastal defence plan.
“The NTA is saying that environmental regulations would restrict such a transport project but we believe the need for coastal flood protection measures can get the development over the line.
“The recent breach of the sea wall and the flooding of Salthill Dart station show the need for such coastal defenses. Rather than proceeding with flood protection measures on their own we should include them in the construction of a new coastal green way, as has already been done on the Northside as part of the cycle route along the northern side of Dublin Bay.
“The NTA joined the issue of the cycle route to the question of whether a new relief road was needed to help traffic get over the Merrion Gates at the end of the Strand road. There is no public support for their solution to that issue but that should not stop us proceeding with the coastal cycle route.
“We have been talking about building the Sutton to Sandycove cycle route for over a decade now. It would bring huge benefits for both commuters and people looking to walk and cycle around the Bay for their own recreation. We believe it will get widespread public support and that it is time it was built with a design that is fit for the long term changes coming our way.”