Consultation event to consider two new cycle lane projects

By Diarmaid Doherty

A public information event to consider two new ‘Active Travel’ projects in Letterkenny is being hosted by Donegal County Council later today (Monday).

The event at Letterkenny Public Service Centre will focus on plans to introduce new cycle routes along Convent Road and Kilmacrennan Road.


The two new routes are among a number of locations in the town which will have new cycle lanes introduced. There are also plans to introduce new cycle routes at High Road, Circular Road, College Road, Ballymacool, Ballyraine and Gortlee.
They are being delivered as part of the Letterkenny Active Travel Project that aims to introduce various active travel schemes within the urban area of the town.

Motorists making their way along Kilmacrennan Road in Letterkenny during the recent cold snap. Photo: Brian McDaid

The schemes aim to improve pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and to provide connections that link communities and schools to existing infrastructure, amenities, and the town centre.
There was much reaction locally when details emerged last month of plans for the new road lay-out along Convent Road.

Donegal County Council is proposing to carry out major changes to the road lay-out with plans in place to narrow the road as well as the introduction of new pedestrian and cycle lanes.
The road – which is also known as the Back Road – links the bottom of the town to a number of local schools.
The changes also include the introduction of a new signalized pedestrian crossing close to Scoil Cholmcille National School.

The Kilmacrennan Road plans cover the route from the hospital roundabout up as far as the roundabout at Knocknamona (at the top of the Business Park Road), leading up to the entrance at Optum.

The Kilmacrennan Road scheme aims to provide improved pedestrian and cycle facilities that would enhance accessibility to several amenities including local residential areas, Letterkenny University and St. Conal’s Hospitals, Errigal College and the Bernard McGlinchey Town Park.

This evening’s Public Information event runs from 3-7pm.


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