Last night a City Council proposal to build a new pedestrian/cycle bridge across the Tolka River and bring cyclists down West Road and towards the Samuel Beckett Bridge was withdrawn by City Council officials because of intensive pressure/lobbying by East Wall residents and some of their “local” politicians.
In my view this is a short-sighted decision. DCC officials certainly didn’t cover themselves in glory on this occasion but the rationale for the strident opposition from within East Wall seemed pretty flimsy at best. The only real alternative being proposed seemed to be to send cyclists down the East Wall Road, an area still ruled by dangerous HGVs.
So the strategic interests of the City are set aside once again and the associated millions of funding may well be on its way back to the Dept. of Transport already.
A bad day at the office.