O’Brien welcomes approval of Broadmeadow Greenway and calls for more high-quality cycle routes

22nd May, 2020

Green Party Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Joe O’Brien has welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to approve the application made by Fingal County Council for a greenway alongside the railway that runs across Broadmeadow Estuary. The Greenway will be approximately 6km in length – between Malahide Demesne and Newbridge Demesne near Donabate County Dublin.

Deputy O’Brien stated that:

“The Greenway will be a fantastic public amenity with great tourism potential for the area and for Fingal as a whole. It will also provide commuters with an alternative way to travel and there is the potential to ease the pressure on the overcrowded Donabate trains by providing a safe cycling and walking option between Donabate and Malahide.”

“Not only does it connect Donabate and Malahide with quicker access between the two now with cycling being quicker than driving, it will also connect Malahide Demesne across the Broadmeadow Estuary to Newbridge Demesne.”

“As we move into life after Covid, people need to have more options and choice for travelling from A to B as we adjust to living with physical distancing and providing safe, high quality, cycling routes is a way we can do this.”

Deputy O’Brien concluded:

“I am hopeful that this greenway will eventually connect with the proposed Fingal Coastal Way, a 32km high quality, recreational stretch of greenway connecting Donabate, Rush, Skerries, Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan and Bremore Castle. The stunning coast in Fingal provides a real potential tourism draw for the area and we need to progress completing this full route as outlined.”

Howth/Malahide Councillor, David Healy, also welcomed the news, commenting:

 “The Greenway will be a wonderful public amenity walking and cycling route. It will also change local geography fundamentally, connecting Malahide and Donabate by bicycle faster and easier than any other mode. This is something I and Green Party colleagues has been campaigning for over 20 years, and I know former Green representatives such as former TD Trevor Sargent and former Councillors Heidi Bedell and Robert Kelly will be equally delighted today. Over recent years what started as a Green Party initiative has received the support of all local councillors reflecting a solid political consensus in Fingal in favour of prioritising walking and cycling.”

Cllr Healy continued:

“There has been overwhelming public welcome to the recently completed Baldoyle to Portmarnock Greenway. This approval is another link in the route along the entire coast. I will continue to push for progress on the overall Sutton to Malahide Route and the vital connecting links a) between Malahide and Swords, b) between Portmarnock, and Kinsealy and on to Swords and c) between Baldoyle and Clongriffin and on to Belmayne.”

ABP decision:
http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/304624.htm