Local Fianna Fáil TD, Jack Chambers has said the expansion of the Royal Canal Greenway Cycle scheme from Maynooth to the Docklands has the potential to bring much needed safer cycling infrastructure to the Dublin West area.

The Deputy recently received information from the National Transport Authority which indicates that a public consultation process relating to the section from Castleknock to the boundary of Fingal County Council with Kildare County Council will get underway early this year.

He said, “The NTA have confirmed to me that they are currently engaged with Fingal County Council to determine a preferred route that will go on public consultation quite soon. Understandably, very many people locally will have concerns relating to the project and they must be heard but it has the potential to transform our areas cycling infrastructure.

“Cycling has very steadily become a popular mode of commute and as a hobby too. The success of other greenways nationwide shows the benefits that they can bring to a region. The wider promotion of active living can help improve people’s health while simultaneously supporting the development of a greener environment.

“I am cautiously optimistic that we can expect work on this section of cycleway to get underway by late 2020 but I intend on following this process very closely and keep the pressure on,” concluded Deputy Chambers.