Two active travel schemes in Swords start their public consultation phase this week.
A new road design at Newtown Bridge, designed to make it safer for children to walk and cycle to Swords Celtic, is the first scheme.
The second is a redesign of the Seatown Industrial Road to make it safer to cycle from Swords to the Estuary.
The first scheme is aimed at ending the dangerous situation where young people are emerging from a hedge at Swords Celtic’s ground into often fast flowing traffic. It will also address a similarly dangerous situation at the entrance to Balheary Park on the other side of the bridge.
The solution being proposed is expanding the walking and cycling area on Newtown Bridge and reducing traffic to one lane that is controlled by a stop-go traffic light.
The Seatown scheme will run from outside Woodies DIY to the round about at the estuary just past the recycling centre.
It involves creating cycle lanes, expanding footpaths, and redesiging the two roundabouts on the route to make them safer for walking and cycling.
Cllr Ian Carey said:
“It is great to see these two schemes coming forward both are long overdue. Kids have been jumping in and out of the hedge there at Swords Celtic since I was young. It’s great to see a solution finally coming forward.
“In relation to Seatown, this is such an obvious win for people in Swords to connected them to the beauty of our Special Area of Conservation in the Estuary. It will also be the first step in a cycling track connecting Swords to both Malahide and Donabate when the Broadmeadow Greenway is complete.”