Dublin Port and the S2S -Dec 2020

The Dublin Port Company has recently published an update to their 2012 Masterplan for the Port.  There are major overall improvements to the way the Port operates. This makes it possible to incorporate facilities for pedestrians and cyclists which do not currently exist. The plan proposes a 3.2km pedestrian/cycleway on the entire north coast of the Port along the Tolka Estuary from the existing Ferry Port to Bond Road. It could continue another 900m at the East Wall Business Park to join Alfie Byrne Road (the Tolka Estuary Greenway).  It also includes exciting proposals for the critical 1.4km of the S2S that passes through the Port from the River Liffey to the Tolka Estuary (the Liffey-Tolka Project).  This would provide a safe, segregated greenway from Thomas Clark Bridge (East Link Bridge) to the existing S2S at Alfie Byrne Road.

The Plan also makes it possible to provide links to other existing and proposed greenways on both sides of the Liffey.  On the north there is an opportunity to link directly to the Clontarf seafront with a cycle/pedestrian bridge across the Tolka Estuary.  There is also a plan to provide safe pedestrian and cycle links to historic and new visitor attractions within the Port itself. 

Dublin City Council have intentions to build a new cycle/pedestrian bridge across the Liffey beside the East Link Bridge. They are also proposing a public transport bridge (including cycle and pedestrian lanes) over the Dodder/Grand Canal outlet to link to Sir John Rogerson’s Quay to Poolbeg and the S2S in the South Bay via Ringsend Park.

The combination and co-ordination of these exciting proposals by the Dublin Port Company, Dublin City Council and Eastpoint Business Park would provide a very good solution to a very challenging set of problems that would satisfactorily complete the S2S at this critical junction of the Port and the city centre and the North and South side of the city.  It will transform what is now a hostile environment for pedestrians and cyclists into one that is safe and welcoming. 

Here is a link to a short paper that gives more detail on the project

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a quiet and safe Christmas!

Kind Regards,

Michael Collins                 


Sutton to Sandycove Walkway and Cycleway

email michael@s2s.ie

New Electric Bike Tours from Dublin City to Howth to use the S2S

1365414480 In an exciting new development, Electric Bike sellers Greenaer are planning to use the S2S route for their new venture which introduces guided tours from Dublin City center along the coastal route to Howth. They are expecting to start with an industry led focus group on the 4th April from their base in just off Pearse St. Dublin 2 heading to Howth.  Director of the company, Olivier Vander Elst is confident that they will be making great use of the infrastructure. The announcement confirms what supporters of the S2S project have always believed – when completed, the S2S has enormous potential as an attraction and an amenity for Dubliners and visitors to the city.  We have no doubt that the venture will be a great success and wish them well.

Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan


Comprehensive Cycle Network Plan published 10/04/14

Plan to increase region’s cycle network 5-fold in length, to 2,840 kilometres

Ambition for cycle network in 2021 to carry as many commuters as now take the bus – a three-fold increase

The National Transport Authority has today (April, 10) published its Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan, which sets out a ten year strategy for Counties Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow. The draft proposals were subject to a Public Consultation last September and October, which was advertised in the national media, and which resulted in 123 submissions from stakeholders and the general public.

The cycle network outlined in the Plan will treble the existing network in urban areas from 500 kilometres to 1,485 kilometres in length, and will provide over 1,300 kilometres of new connections between towns in the rural areas of the Greater Dublin Area. In all, a network of 2,840 kilometres is envisaged compared to today’s 500 kilometres. The planned network, which consists of primary and secondary routes as well as Greenway routes (through parks, along waterways etc), comprises a mix of cycle tracks and lanes, cycleways and infrastructure-free cycle routes in low traffic environments.

The urban network is intended to attract new cyclists, as well as catering for the increasing numbers of existing city-cyclists. In this regard, the network will be designed to the appropriate quality, with the busiest routes and sections having the highest Quality of Service. In some cases, this will involve re-visiting and upgrading the current provision for cyclists to a higher quality.

The network incorporates existing cycle routes such as the Grand Canal Cycle Scheme, but also proposes significant new routes, such as the off-road Dodder Route, connecting Tallaght to the South City Centre Business District.

The network has been devised following a comprehensive study of the location and condition of existing facilities, and of the patterns of travel shown in census data and household surveys. A special cycling demand model was created for the main urban area of Dublin to assess the future demand in the busiest areas.

Announcing the Plan, Gerry Murphy, Chief Executive of the National Transport Authority said: “There has been a significant increase in the number of people cycling in Dublin in the past few years. We want that to continue, and we have devised this integrated, long-term and diverse Plan to support that continued increase.

“With the bike-to-work scheme, the extension of Dublin Bikes, our own new Cycle Planner App and greater integration with bus, train stations and Luas stops, it is our vision to have as many people cycling into the city every morning in 2021 as currently take the bus. This is hugely ambitious but I believe it can be done.

In short, this represents a new transport network for the Greater Dublin Area, with a target in 2021 of 75,000 cycle users each morning, which is a three-fold increase in cycling over 2011 levels. In other words, the cycle network could carry as many commuters in the morning in 2021 as are now carried by bus.

This plan will inform the next decade of NTA investment in cycling across seven local authority areas in the region. It is the most comprehensive study of cycling needs ever carried out in Ireland and aims to satisfy the increasing demand for appropriate cycling routes. We will build on the resurgence in cycling by better meeting cyclists’ needs. ”

For full information see the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan on our website.


email 46

From: “Eric Conroy”


Subject: Proposed Project Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 19:59:16 +0100

Dear Sir/Madam,

This sounds like a very good idea. The only point to bear in mind is not to over-engineer the project and interfere unduly with the existing natural environment around the bay. Maximise as much as possible of existing roadways, pathways etc. Keep up the good work,

Best wishes,

Eric Conroy.

email 39

From: Gabriel.Cooney Sent: 30 June 2002 18:57

To: info@s2s.ie Subject:


I Just following up a brief chat with Michael Collins following his presentation of the S2S project in Booterstown during the week. I would be pleased to help if I can – it is a great idea with huge potential. Specifically and professionally if there is any archaeological/historical perspective or problem I would be pleased to assist but more generally and personally I would be keen to help if I can.

Professor Gabriel Cooney

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