Whitegates to Athlone Marina - 1 km
The section of new cycleway between Whitegates and Athlone Marina is in its final stages of contract preparation and construction will commence in early 2021.
This section of the scheme starts along the disused railway between Whitegates, the level crossing on Ballymahon Road, and Coosan Bridge which carries the railway line over Auburn Villas and Coosan Point Road.
The single-track railway once formed part of the Dublin to Galway line but was closed in the mid-eighties when services were routed through Tullamore. The original railway corridor had two tracks, and one was removed in the 1920’s.
From the disused railway, the scheme then continues down a newly constructed ramp, between Dunnes Stores, the Old Coosan Point Road and under the new railway underpass, constructed by Irish Rail in 2019 to facilitate the cycleway under the Dublin Galway rail line. Immediately to the south of the underpass and the railway line, the cycleway crosses an open site leading into St Vincent’s Care Centre, originally part of the Athlone Union Workhouse complex built in the 19th century, and then along the existing pathway through the Abbey Graveyard before leading onto the Athlone Marina.
Project Stage: Design
The 1.1 km section from Whitegates to the Marina is currently at the stage of detailed design and is programmed to go to construction in early 2021.
A cycle underpass beneath the Dublin Galway railway line was installed by Irish Rail in 2019. From the underpass the proposed cycleway travels along the perimeter of St Vincent’s Hospital and the Abbey Graveyard before reaching Athlone Marina. This section is expected to open at Easter 2021.