Construction has commenced on the Balbriggan Active Travel Scheme on Harry Reynolds Road. This scheme is 3km in length and will form one of the key active travel routes in the town serving 3 school campuses at Ardgillan Community College, St. Mologas, and Balbriggan Educate Together National School, as well as offering a safe cycling and walking route to shops, childcare facilities and community amenities including Millpond Park and Flemington Community Centre.

Working with our client Fingal County and the National Transport Authority, AtkinsRéalis developed route options, provided preliminary design, and carried out a Part VIII planning process for the preferred route option. AtkinsRéalis then developed a detailed design and construction contract documents for the preferred option. AtkinsRéalis will provide ongoing services such as the Employer’s Representative during the construction phase while also providing full time site supervision.

Engineering firm Jons Civil Engineering have moved on site and started the extensive programme of works that will bring this important cycling and walking route to life.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy said: “Today is a great day for the town of Balbriggan as we formally kick off the work on-site. Over the next number of months, the contractors and design team will work together to deliver extensive infrastructure for people on bikes and walking, that will make travelling locally safer, more climate friendly and more enjoyable.”

Stephen Wyse, Associate Director, AtkinsRéalis Ireland said “We are delighted to have brought this key piece of active travel infrastructure from concept stage to now seeing the start of construction works on site. The scheme will provide a safe and sustainable route linking schools, businesses and retail areas and will be a great benefit to the town of Balbriggan. This scheme is an excellent example of AtkinsRéalis commitment to making high-quality, sustainable active travel infrastructure a reality in Ireland.”

AtkinsRéalis is currently working with Local Authorities across the country, together with the National Transport Authority and Transport infrastructure Ireland, on the delivery of approximately 150km of urban active travel routes and 200km of interurban greenways.

Pictured above: Fingal County Council Mayor, Adrian Henchy turns the sod on Harry Reynolds Road Pedestrian and Cycle Scheme.