The Boyne Greenway
The principal requirement of the project is to deliver a first class cycling facility and tourist attraction which will connect to the completed Phase 1 of the Boyne Greenway at the Meath/Louth county boundary to the west of Drogheda and to provide an extended pedestrian/cycleway greenway along the Boyne estuary to the east coast at Mornington. “The Drogheda Link” section which runs from the Ramparts along the R132 to Drogheda Train Station forms part of the overall route and will promote the interlinking of sustainable travel modes by providing a connection to the Train and Bus stations.
The provision of pedestrian and cycle infrastructure for a growing local population in Meath East, Drogheda (including a number of large schools) and Boyne River Valley, with its vast array of built heritage and attractive natural landscape, has been identified as a route (corridor 13) which will form part of the National Cycle Network linking from the East Coast Trail at Drogheda (corridor 5) to the international cross-country EuroVelo Route 2 from Galway to Dublin southwest of Trim. Once developed the Boyne Valley Greenway will be a world class tourist facility creating significant economic opportunities for business and communities along the length of the valley and its surrounds.
DBFL were appointed by Meath County Council (MCC) jointly with Louth County Council (LCC), in partnership with the National Transport Authority (NTA), to provide specialist transportation, civil and structural engineering consultant services to develop a preliminary and detailed design for the greenway with consideration for environmental constraints such as traffic, ecology and built heritage.
When complete, the scheme will:
1) Create a first class cycling facility and tourist attraction which can contribute to the economic development of County Meath and County Louth;
2) Encourage use of a sustainable mode of transport, and interlink with existing public transport;
3) Raise the profile of cycling and inspire people to cycle;
4) Increased cyclist and pedestrian safety;
5) Enhance cyclist and pedestrian accessibility, including access to existing school/s within Drogheda;
6) Tackle obesity and promote activity and create a better quality of life;
7) Reduce congestion and the number of motorised vehicle trips;
8) Contribute to the local and regional economy and be consistent with national and local policy;