The Galway To Athlone Cycleway project team in Ballinasloe have announced the next phase of the Cycleway and a number of public information events are planned in Oranmore, Gort, Portumna and Ballinasloe next week from the 28th to the 31st March.
Senator Aisling Dolan stated
“I look forward to the next stage here in the Cycleway which will transform our town for families with safe & accessible smooth spaces for families to walk, cycle and explore off-road. Imagine what it will be like to have this come right to the heart of our town!”
“Firstly a preferred route corridor was selected and now we will shortly have details of a preferred route from Galway to Athlone. I am grateful to landowners who are working with Cycleway project liaison officers and the focus where possible on publicly owned lands. Do come along to the public information event in the Shearwater Hotel on Friday 31st March from 3pm to 8pm in the evening to see the route from Athlone to Shannonbridge and Ballinasloe. An opportunity to meet with the Cycleway project team of engineers and liaison officers and find out next steps”
“This will be a world class piece of infrastructure. Currently the team are in the engagement phase and preparing reviews of the final route for planning approval, in a few years time we will have a Cycleway for families here. We can already see the new bridge in Athlone bringing the Cycleway to the West!
“The cycleway is proposed to come along the towpaths of the Grand Canal, through Poolboy to reach the marina in Ballinasloe. This will open up walkways and cycleways along by the River Suck and linking our waterways and the walking trails - Hymany Way and Beara Breifne Way through natural landscape of boglands in Poolboy & Kellysgrove all the way to Lismany and Kylemore. The Galway to Dublin cycleway is a multi-million priority project funded through the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the Department of Transport.
“The community, businesses and clubs in Ballinasloe came together for an incredible campaign to show what the cycleway means to people here. As a route from Shannonbridge to Ballinasloe, people will have the choice to visit great shops, restaurants, hotels, swimming pools, cinema on the way!
“It’s also an extremely friendly town and that’s down to people who make this a special place to visit. From pub seisúns to musicals, heritage walks and the marina linking people with our waterways on the River Suck. There is a lot to offer.”
“The Cycleway Team will can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. I know we all can’t wait to have in Ballinasloe what other communities in Kerry, Achill & Dungarvan enjoy today”