Frequently Asked Questions

The Fingal Coastal Way is a long-standing objective identified in the Fingal Development Plan and the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan.

It will provide a high quality, safe, attractive and environmentally sympathetic coastal walking and cycling route linking Donabate, Rush, Loughshinny, Skerries, Balbriggan and the wider North Fingal area.

It is intended to be a rural and urban greenway that will encourage tourism and recreation while offering an attractive sustainable transport choice for residents and businesses, school children and commuters, bringing significant environmental, economic and health benefits to Fingal similar to the Great Western Greenway in Mayo and the Waterford Greenway.

The scheme will link to other facilities in Fingal such as the recently completed Baldoyle to Portmarnock greenway and the soon to be constructed Broadmeadow Way to provide an accessible and attractive route along the Fingal Coastline.

The project team has now undertaken the first stage of a two-stage route assessment process which will eventually identify the Emerging Preferred Route for the Fingal Coastal Way.

The first stage of route option identification and assessment is the subject matter of this public consultation.

We wish to provide the public with an opportunity to voice any relevant comments and questions on the routes identified and the assessment carried out so far. Following review of feedback, consideration will be given to making any appropriate adjustments to the route options

The project team has now undertaken the first stage of a two-stage route assessment process which will eventually identify the Emerging Preferred Route for the Fingal Coastal Way.

The first stage of route option identification and assessment is the subject matter of this public consultation. We wish to provide the public with an opportunity to voice any relevant comments and questions on the routes identified and the assessment carried out so far.

Following review of feedback, consideration will be given to making any appropriate adjustments to the route options

 

The scheme in general will be designed to the relevant Irish design standards such as the National Cycle Manual, Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets and TII’s Rural Cycle Design.

However, the consideration of international best practice will be advocated throughout the development and design process of the route options and emerging preferred route option with the design team regularly looking to best in class schemes constructed across Europe. In addition the design will take into account the impacts on the environment, local issues and feedback from the public to ensure that the completed scheme provides the best possible user experience.

 

The achievement of a route with the highest level of service is an objective of the scheme. Given the physical constraints that will be encountered throughout the extensive study area, it remains that all options in terms of segregation and integration between all user types must be considered.

As such, it is envisaged that the greenway users will be mostly segregated from vehicles for the vast majority of the scheme, however several shared space provisions will be considered where full segregation is not achievable. However, these would be limited to short sections, predominantly in town areas, with very low traffic volumes and speeds.

Furthermore, it is envisaged that the greenway itself will be shared between cyclists and pedestrians.

With that being said, regardless of the type of facilities that are eventually proposed, these will be designed such that safety of the most vulnerable users is considered first.

It is envisaged that the Fingal Coastal Way will be mostly away from the existing road network, generally traversing greenfield sites which will allow the route to be designed to best fulfil its description as a coastal greenway.

In the areas where the greenway is proposed along the existing road network, the greenway users will be segregated from the vehicular traffic in most of locations.

However, to implement this and to ensure quality of service for the greenway, measures such as one-way systems, shuttle systems and narrow carriageways may be implemented where necessary. to ensure quality of service for the greenway is maintained. In certain localised areas, where constraints don’t permit segregation, vehicles at low volumes and speeds may be required to share space with other road users.

It is envisaged that these measures may have a positive overall effect on traffic safety where implemented due to the lower volumes and speeds of vehicles