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The Grand Canal Way Green Route - 3rd Lock, Inchicore to 12th Lock, Lucan

The Grand Canal Way Green Route - 3rd Lock, Inchicore to 12th Lock, Lucan

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The Grand Canal Way

Green Route

3rd Lock, Inchicore to 12th Lock, Lucan

Opens on 18th June 2010

The 8.5km Green Pedestrian and Cycle Route along the southern towpath of the Grand Canal from the 3rd Lock, Inchicore to the 12th Lock, Lucan which commenced construction in December 2008 is nearing completion and will be officially opened on the 18th June 2010. This route also facilitates the installation of two 110kv power circuits which will reinforce ESB Networks’ existing 110kV network in West Dublin and accommodate existing and future 110kv substations. The €25m project reflects an innovative and co-operative approach by all parties to address what are pressing requirements for the rapidly developing area of West Dublin.

The Green Route project was initiated by South Dublin County, Dublin City Council, ESB Networks and Waterways Ireland. The scheme has been developed in a partnership manner by the four statutory bodies and yields dividends for all concerned, benefiting in particular the communities and businesses in the West Dublin region and established a blueprint for future inter-agency projects. The project has delivered in a green, sustainable and cost effective manner the following components:

Power Supply

The installation of ducting to facilitate a twin 110kV circuit from Inchicore to Grange Castle Business Park to reinforce the existing network and to provide security of supply to existing and future residential and commercial users in West Dublin. A ducting network for public lighting and communication technologies is also installed.

Green Pedestrian & Cycle Route

The construction of an 8.5km high quality safe pedestrian and cycle route over the power ducts provides a secure option for cyclists, pedestrians, joggers and impaired mobility users. The route provides an alternative mode of transport for commuters to work, school or for leisure purposes. The route is almost completely off-road and commences at Davitt Road, Inchicore, crosses the Kylemore Road, Killeen Road, Parkwest Avenue, Ninth Lock Road by use of ramps and newly installed pedestrian crossings and ends at the 12th Lock, Newcastle Road. The route links into the Adamstown Pedestrian and Cycle Route which is currently being constructed and joins the existing pathway from Inchicore along the Grand Canal to the Grand Canal Basin. It will also link to the Portobello to Clontarf Route which is being designed and constructed by Dublin City Council and which links to the existing route to Howth. The finished products will provide a safe almost completely off-road route from Lucan to Howth in the near future.

Security & Lighting

To ensure maximum use of the Green Route public lighting consisting of 308 lights and a 24 hour monitored CCTV system consisting of 66 cameras have been installed along its entire route. The lighting incorporates the latest in computer aided monitoring and dimming systems. Access to the route is secured by kissing gates whilst facilitating access by the mobility impaired.

Natural Environment

Specific measures have been taken to protect the ecology and natural landscape of the towpaths including the carrying out of an extensive bat survey, provision of bat boxes, otter holts, an extensive landscape planting of 844 extra native Irish trees and 44,000 shrubs and a litter control plan involving the placement of litter bins along the route. This is the first project in Europe to dim lights to accommodate the food gathering patterns of bats, the sleep patterns of otters as well as other nocturnal species.


The scheme provides for fishing points, boating jetties and berthing areas, seats and facilitates additional water sports activity on the Canal. The scheme opens up one of the Country’s most scenic waterways to the public by providing easy access and security along the route.

Signage & Information

Anextensive signage scheme outlining the history of the Canal, the wildlife and flora that resides on and in its vicinity. 141 directional signs, 50 entrance/warning/other signs and 4 Smart Signs will provide real time information to the users of the route.

Brief History of Grand Canal

1756 Grand Canal construction commenced at 11th Lock.

1803 The Grand Canal was connected to the Shannon River.

1804 The first boat passed from Dublin to Shannon

1852 The last passenger boat was withdrawn. They had become unnecessary due to the advent of steam trains.

1960 The last trade boat was withdrawn by Coras Iompair Eireann.

1986 Grand Canal System transferred to the Office of Public Works

1996 Grand Canal system transferred to the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht and then to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and The Islands.

1999 Grand Canal System transferred to Waterways Ireland, a North/South Body established after the Good Friday Agreement.

2010 The Grand Canal Way, Green Route 3rd Lock to 12th Lock opens.


  • Towpath prior to Improvement Works
    Towpath prior to Improvement Works

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