The Minister for Transport, Mr Noel Dempsey TD has announced that €393,763 is being made available by his Department to Cork Co Co to upgrade, resurface and widen an existing walkway between Carrigaline to Crosshaven.
This will allow for a combined pedestrian walk and cycleway on this route and it will make cycling a viable, safe alternative transport route for those commuting between Carrigaline and Crosshaven. It will create an attractive recreational route that can tie in with the new cycle network already approved earlier this summer for Carrigaline. It is anticipated that this new cycleway between Carrigaline and Crosshaven will be completed before the end of the year.
Minister Dempsey said - "The delivery of this new 5.4 kilometres cycleway between Carrigaline and Crosshaven is another important step in delivering a National Cycle Network in Ireland. This off-road cycleway will offer those who commute regularly between Carrigaline and Crosshaven a new, healthier and safe way to travel.
"We already know that, nationally, over 200,000 people drive less than 4km to work every day. Investing in safe, attractive cycling and walking facilities will help to encourage more people out of their cars, particularly for short journeys. Carrigaline is one of the most car-dependent areas in Ireland with 74% of its inhabitants commuting by car to work, so there is a lot of room for improvement.
"This announcement follows the recent success of National Bike Week in June and the announcement of funding for other new walking and cycling routes around the country."
The existing Carrigaline to Crosshaven Walk was established along the old Carrigaline to Crosshaven railway line. The walk was surfaced, completed and officially opened in 2000. Along the walk are picnic areas, seating, railway memorabilia and wildlife viewing points. The 5km walk follows the saltwater course of the Owenbue Estuary towards Crosshaven and on to Cork Harbour. It is already well used by many local people.