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Derek higgins inchicore to lucan green & blue

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Derek higgins inchicore to lucan green & blue

  1. 1. Derek Higgins Engineer, Operations
  2. 2. Overview of presentation  Brief Background to Waterways Ireland  Why did this project arise?  How was it implemented?  What did it achieve?
  3. 3. Brief Background  Waterways Ireland manages the Grand Canal  Part of Ireland’s Inland Waterway Network  Management, maintenance, restoration and development principally for recreation purposes
  4. 4. Multi-Agency Project
  5. 5. Main Drivers Pop. 50k City Centre Bus. Park 16k Prop. SDZ Bus. Park Pop. 45k
  6. 6. Main Drivers  110kV Infrastructural power supply to Grange Castle, Park West and Clonburris  Twin Circuit to allow for future network development  Development of canal as amenity and leisure area  Development of cycle network
  7. 7. Why use the canal for services?  Less existing utility services to divert/interact with  Less disruption to traffic  Safer working area  Cost savings
  8. 8. Implementation  Steering Group Formed  SDCC, ESB, DCC, WI (Funding Split)  Clifton Scannell Emerson Associates appointed as design and project management consultancy  Kilwex Civil Engineering successful tenderer for main construction contract
  9. 9. To build….  8.5 kilometres of cycle path
  10. 10. To build….                8.5 kilometres of cycle path 4 Canal Crossings Access ramps from bridges Toucan Crossings at roadways Access gates and barriers Over 300 lamp standards 66 CCTV Cameras 19 Joint Chambers for installation of ESB Services 3 Jetties with canoe steps Over 200 Signs 2,600m of Fencing & Berms Planting of over 1000 trees, 4400 shrubs Burying 12 otter holts and hanging 16 bat boxes Fishing Stands And more...
  11. 11. Surface improved for  Recreational Users (Cyclists & Pedestrians)
  12. 12. Surface improved for  Commuting cyclists
  13. 13. Canal Crossings
  14. 14. Canal Crossings  4 Crossings altogether  From Inchicore 220kV Substation  To Park West  To Clonburris  To Lucan/Adamstown
  15. 15. CCTV  66 cameras - 24hr monitored  Speakers for communication from security  Reduction in vandalism & dumping  Increased personal safety (perceived or real)  Increased willingness for boats to travel through area
  16. 16. Improved Access Links  8 Access ramps from high level roads to canal
  17. 17. Access Ramps  1:20 ramps with rest areas
  18. 18. Toucan Crossings
  19. 19. Public Lighting  Encourage use of the cycle path in winter mornings/evenings  Bat surveys carried out  Following species identified:       Common Pipistrelle Soprano Pipistrelle Nathusius’s Pipistrelle Brown Long-eared Leisler’s Daubenton’s Recommendations:  Limited Height & Strength (Low lux)  Targeted downwards  Not illuminating water surface (Daubenton’s Bat)
  20. 20. Navigation Improvements  Jetties with canoe step  Quay style walls under bridges
  21. 21. Winter Maintenance Access
  22. 22. Habitat Improvement  As part of environmental mitigation  Otter holts  Bat boxes
  23. 23. Bins & Benches
  24. 24. Information Signage
  25. 25. Access Barriers
  26. 26. How is it working?
  27. 27. No more dumped cars and couches!
  28. 28. How is it working?  No more dumped cars and couches  Overall success – complete transformation of the area  Bins & Benches– ongoing maintenance issues  Path Surface  Barriers  Occasional vandalism  Would like to leave open but...

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