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Design Features

What is it?

A greenway is an off-road route designed for cyclists and pedestrians. The Galway to Dublin Greenway will be an important national tourism asset, attracting walkers and cyclists from all over Ireland, Europe and beyond. It will run, coast to coast through the heart of Ireland over approximately 270km.  The greenway will provide recreational opportunities for local communities all along the route.

Who will use the Greenway

The Greenway will be available for everyone to use. Cyclists, walkers, runners, children, adults, schools and clubs. It will be an attractive amenity for local communities and visitors to Ireland.

What will the Cycleway look like? How wide will it be?

The Cycleway track in the majority of cases will be a 3 m wide paved surface with 1 m verges on each side, that is, a typical total width of 5 m.  The overall width of the Cycleway from fence to fence may be wider, depending on the terrain that it crosses and the drainage requirements.

When will the Greenway be open?

The Greenway between Maynooth and Athlone opened in Summer 2019. This is a continuous path for cyclists and pedestrians stretching along 104km of the beautiful Royal Canal towpath and the peaceful Old Rail Trail. Check out our Project Progress tabs for more information on the remaining sections.

I have property beside the proposed route, will the Cycleway affect my privacy?

Route selection for the Cycleway will aim to minimize impact on dwelling houses. However, properties can be considered on a case by case basis for screening (e.g. fencing or screen planting).

Will local people and their children be able to access the route easily?

Yes. Access will be incorporated at junctions with public roads and provided at other appropriate locations. Local demand will also be taken into account.

Will local people be able to take cars or tractors onto the Cycleway? Will farmers be able to herd livestock along it?

Driving or herding of livestock on the cycleway will not be allowed. Livestock and farm machinery may be taken from one side to the other at crossing gates.

How will we stop drivers from taking cars and quad bikes onto the Cycleway and using it as a racetrack?

There will be no access for cars and quad bikes. A range of methods will be used at the public road junctions to prevent this and these have proved effective elsewhere (e.g. on the Great Western Cycleway in County Mayo). 

How will Cycleway users cross existing roads?

Cycleway users will give way to public road traffic. There will be warning signs for Cycleway users as they approach public roads. There may also be chicanes to slow cyclists down and in some cases there will be markings on the Cycleway surface to alert users that they are approaching public roads.

Will there be picnic areas/ litter bins along the route?

There will be picnic areas at intervals along the Cycleway but no litter bins. Experience shows that litter bins lead to dumping and wind dispersal. Cycleway users are more likely to take their litter home for disposal if no bins are provided. This policy has been successful on the Great Western Greenway in County Mayo. 

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Land Acquisition and Compensation

What effect will this have on my farm payments (including stone wall payments)?

Negotiations will take place between the landowner (or their professional valuer) and the valuer representing the acquiring local authority. Many different factors are taken into consideration when determining the level of compensation, including the value of the land being acquired, injurious affection, severance and disturbance.

How much compensation can affected landowners expect to receive?

This will be assessed and quantified by the valuers and will form part of the overall compensation exercise. 

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Farming Issues

How will it affect my work and farm access? How will I get across it?

Access across the Cycleway can be provided where necessary and agreed with the landowner. There are a number of different types of crossing arrangements. Detailed requirements can be explored with each landowner. 

Who will maintain the Cycleway and its fencing? How long will it take for repairs to be undertaken if the fencing is breached? Who will be responsible for livestock until the repairs are completed?

The relevant local authority will be responsible for maintaining the Cycleway and repairing fences. Landowners should make the local authority aware of any damage to fencing and secure their livestock as they would in a similar situation adjacent to public roads.

How can I spray fertilizer/pesticides and spread slurry on my fields that are adjacent to the Cycleway?

As with any field adjacent to a public thoroughfare a sensible approach should be adopted to minimize impacts on the passing public (e.g. spraying on calm dry days, early in the day).

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