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Opening of The Grand Canal Way Green Route 3rd Lock to 12th Lock - 18th June 2010

Opening of The Grand Canal Way Green Route 3rd Lock to 12th Lock - 18th June 2010

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The Green Route, an 8.5km pedestrian and cycle route along the Grand Canal opens on 18th June. The Green Route, stretching from the 3rd Lock, Inchicore to the 12th Lock, Lucan is mainly an off road, secure and safe alternative for commuters and leisure users. The project was carried out using an inter-agency approach between ESB Networks, South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Council, and Waterways Ireland.


The official opening will be performed by Cllr. Mick Duff, Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr. Emer Costello, Lord Mayor of Dublin City, Jerry O'Sullivan, Managing Director of ESB Networks and John Martin, Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland.


The Green Route has some unique features to ensure that it will get maximum use and give the greatest pleasure to a variety of users

  • Lighting - over 300 lights are placed along the route. The lights are computer monitored and have the latest dimming systems.
  • Security – 66 cameras have been installed with 24 hour CCTV monitored system.
  • Power supply – during construction, ducting was incorporated to facilitate an ESB twin 110kV circuit along the route.
  • Leisure – fishing points, boating and berthing areas and seats are provided to encourage access to the Grand Canal
  • Natural Environment – the maintenance and development of wildlife habitats and planting to encourage biodiversity. The project is the first in Europe to dim lights to accommodate nocturnal species.
  • Signage – information signage is placed along the route outlining the history and details of the flora and fauna. Almost 200 signs will provide direction and information along with 4 Smart Signs providing real time information.

Cllr. Mick Duff, Mayor South Dublin County Council said “The project

delivers a high quality green pedestrian and cycle path, providing an alternative mode of transport; power supply to the West Dublin area, stimulating further economic activity; public lighting and CCTV, assisting in security and protection along the route and communication ducts for future technology purposes.  The project has established a blueprint for further inter-agency projects in the future”


Cllr. Emer Costelloe, Lord Mayor of Dublin City stated that “The development of this Green Route from the 3rd Lock at Inchicore in the City Council’s area to the 12th Lock in Lucan in South County Dublin’s area enabled the enhancement of the existing power supply network and the provision of a very high quality pedestrian and cycle route. The project is an outstanding example of four statutory bodies coming together and working to achieve complementary goals for the common good. I wish to congratulate all concerned in delivering the project in an efficient and collaborative manner.”


Jerry O'Sullivan, Managing Director of ESB Networks said that “ESB Networks is proud to be associated with South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Council and Waterways Ireland in developing the Green Route on the Grand Canal. It is a prime example of inter agency co-operation, whereby significant gains are achieved for all of the community and at the same time the needs of the individual organisations are addressed.


John Martin, Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland said “The project designed, planned and implemented between the 3rd Lock at Inchicore and the 12th lock at Lucan is a model of urban development and yields

dividends for all the partners but in particular the communities and businesses in the Southwest Dublin Region.”


For further information, please contact Marian Hehir at ph 4149361 or


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