A NEIGHBOURHOOD ‘greenway’ is being proposed for the Rhebogue area under the €9m Smarter Travel programme.
An information evening is to take place Tuesday night, April 23, at 7pm in St Patrick’s Boys School, Dublin Road to give residents information on the scheme, and get their feedback.
At present, much of the Rhebogue Road does not have footpaths. It is hoped these changes will encourage children to walk to school, and parents in turn to ditch their cars.
It is proposed the greenway concept will be used as a pilot programme initially.
Local Fianna Fail councillor Kieran O’Hanlon has encouraged all residents in the locality, and those who walk the Canal Bank to attend the information evening, “as this will provide opportunities to make Rhebogue a more sustainable community friendly area.”
“There are over 2,000 people living in Rhebogue and many are families have young children who walk to the local schools. A major road safety concern is the pedestrian access under the Railway Bridge on the main road. Over the past few weeks, I have held meetings with engineers form City Council and Irish Rail to look a improvements on road safety. One of the possibilities being considered is the building of a pedestrian tunnel under the bridge and costings and a feasibility report are being prepared,” he added.
Other proposals on the agenda to make Rhebogue more pedestrian friendly, and improve access to the Canal Bank include the introduction of one-way traffic, improved street lighting, and the removal of dangerous bends at the Pump House Cross.
The public meeting is open to all in the local area, and it will offer a chance to get the questions they need answered by engineers.