The completed Hyde Road Active Travel Scheme has been officially launched today by the Mayor of the City & County of Limerick, Councillor Gerald Mitchell.
The multi-million euro project has been funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and managed and delivered by Limerick City and County Council.
The Scheme aims to provide high quality cycle and pedestrian facilities connecting the Childers Road with Lower Carey’s Road, while also creating traffic calming measures and an improved road environment for local residents.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Councillor Gerald Mitchell said:
“The completion of the Hyde Road Active Travel Scheme is the latest in a long line of projects that are delivering a more sustainable transport network for Limerick and significantly improving safety for all road users. This project will link people’s homes with schools and local amenities and offer an enhanced pedestrian and cycling experience for the community. I’m looking forward to seeing the rollout of similar schemes across the city and county in the months and years ahead.”
The project, which is approximately 1km in length, includes segregated cycle facilities, an improved footpath, drop-curbs, tactile paving and junction improvements at Crecora Avenue, Lenihan Avenue, Byrne Avenue and Meagher Avenue.
Table top ramps and new road markings are also included in the project, which was constructed by Priority Construction Ltd.
Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council, Dr Pat Daly said:
“The works on the Hyde Road are a clear example of the type of high quality Active Travel facilities that can be delivered when all parties work towards a common goal of better and safer road infrastructure. We can be particularly proud of this sustainable transport infrastructure running through the heart of a Regeneration community. The Active Travel team is continuing work on delivering significant projects across the city and county that will ensure high quality cycling and pedestrian infrastructure is available across Limerick in the short, medium and long term. Limerick City & County Council is proud to be innovative and community-focused and will continue to keep these attributes at its forefront as it expands the Active Travel network.”
While nine trees along the road were removed to construct the Scheme, they are to be recycled in part as natural play equipment for a nearby community crèche. 27 new trees along the Scheme, which will consist of a mix of native, naturalised and climate resilient species, will be planted in January 2024.
Director of Service for Transportation and Mobility at Limerick City and County Council, Brian Kennedy said:
“The delivery of this scheme is a key milestone for the Active Travel team given the project’s importance in facilitating safer road infrastructure for those living on the Hyde Road, while also providing a link to those coming from Dooradoyle and Raheen to access the city centre. The work will ensure the movement and safety of vulnerable road users is prioritised, in line with regional, local and national policy.”
“The construction of the Childers Road works between the Ballinacurra Road Junction and the Roxboro Roundabout, which are now nearing completion, will also see the network connectivity on the West side of the city continue to make progress,” he added.
The Scheme is contained in the Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy 2040 and is cited as a key secondary route, connecting residential, commercial and employment areas to Limerick’s primary Active Travel network.
Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham said:
“The National Transport Authority is working closely with Limerick City and County Council to deliver a number of Active Travel schemes across the city and county that will improve connectivity for many communities.”
“The Hyde Road Active Travel Scheme is a great example of the type of high-quality pedestrian and cycling facilities that are being delivered. This scheme will help encourage a greater number of people to consider sustainable travel, a key objective of the Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy,” she added.
The Hyde Road Active Travel Scheme has been developed with consideration of the Limerick Development Plan 2022-2028.