Work is finally due to begin again on trying to find a satisfactory route for the Athlone to Galway section of the Dublin/Galway greenway.
The route has been opened from Dublin to Athlone for the past few years, but a large section between Athlone and Galway still has to be worked on to complete the 270 kilometre cycling and walking trail
The tendering for the planning and design phase of the Athlone to Galway section sees this project still in the very early stages and this part of the process alone could take at least three months before a successful bidder is chosen. It’s estimated that it’ll take three years to finish the planning and design phases of the project which includes a purpose built bridge over the Shannon. Work on the Athlone to Galway section was paused in 2015 amid concerns of farmers along the proposed route, and it’s understood that a Code of Practice will be drawn up this time outlining how the planning authorities would engage with all stakeholders involved.
Progress was made at Easter underpass along the railway for the greenway on the Westmeath side of the town and this allows for the trail to move into the town centre and down to the local marina. Consultants have also been sought for the design of the bridge across the Shannon, and it’s hoped that project will happen in the next two years.
The issuing of tenders for design of the Roscommon and Galway section of the greenway is being welcomed this week by Minister Kevin Boxer Moran who says Athlone will benefit greatly from being at the heart of this international touring route.