Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
653. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the steps being taken to address safety concerns regarding the greenway walk in the area of Cloncurry Bridge near Enfield, County Meath (details supplied). [9528/19]
Waterways Ireland has informed my Department that Kildare County Council is currently constructing the Greenway cycle path from Cloncurry Bridge eastwards along the north bank of Royal Canal for a distance of 2.0 km.
The towpath in this area was originally a gravel trackway accessing dwellings for the majority of its length (2 km).
Meath County Council and Kildare County Council together were granted planning approval for an upgrade of this trackway to incorporate the National Greenway on this bank in June 2018. This entailed the strengthening of the existing surface and overlaying with macadam surface.
I understand that this resulted in the existing roadway being raised and creating a drop off towards the canals edge. The local authority is carrying out extensive profiling of the affected edge banks and the works in this area are nearing completion.
In regard to the pull in bays, I am informed that the local authority is installing ten pull in bays along the 2.0 km section where previously there was none.
The development is a matter for Kildare and Meath County Councils.