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Green Limerick: New travel scheme opens to the public

THE CHILDERS Road Active Travel Scheme in the city has been officially opened.

It follows the completion of the 1.5km section of the scheme from the Ballinacurra Road junction to the Roxboro Roundabout, after the section from Roxboro to the Kilmallock Roundabout was finished in 2023.

The scheme was completed by Limerick City and County Council’s Active Travel team and funded by the Department of Transport through the National Transport Authority (NTA),

The works have included the installation of cycle lane separators along the route, junction tightening, footpath widening, improvements, accessibility, raised tables and new pedestrian crossing points at the Roxboro Roundabout to improve safety.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell said: “Walking and cycling infrastructure in Limerick continues to be upgraded at a quality and a pace that is as good as anywhere in this country.

“The completion of the Childers Road Active Travel Scheme is a pivotal moment in that journey, as a vital connector between the East and the West of the city center has now come on stream.

“This project will provide a vital connector to link with homes, businesses, local schools and other important amenities. I’m looking forward to seeing the rollout of similar schemes across the city and county in the months and years ahead.”

Front of school safety works have also been provided at Our Lady Queen of Peace NS, Janesboro, the Mid-West School for the Deaf and Our Lady of Lourdes NS, where the official launch of the completed scheme was held.

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One-way traffic is now facilitated at Griffith Avenue, outside the Our Lady of Lourdes NS and Midwest School for the Deaf campuses. Footpath improvements, raised crossings and other traffic calming measures have been completed in the vicinity in conjunction with the overall delivery of the project.

The works have also included improved crossings at O’Donoghue Avenue and Casement Avenue, with new footpaths being constructed outside the Our Lady Queen of Peace school entrance and through a green area from O’Donoghue Avenue.

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Jack Chambers, commented: “The Government is committed to expanding our Active Travel and Greenway infrastructure network through the provision of walking and cycling facilities in our cities, towns, villages and rural areas.”

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