Minister of State and Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has welcomed confirmation of funding of €1.4m to extend the Grand Canal Greenway to from the 12th Lock in Lucan to Hazelhatch Bridge.

“This key 4km stretch of greenway along the Grand Canal will provide safe segregated access to people working in Grange Castle Business Park as well as those living in Hazelhatch, Celbridge and the surrounding areas. This work will be completed in 2022 and will enable people to walk and cycle from Inchicore to Hazel Hatch Bridge, and later in 2023 as far as Sallins in County Kildare.

“This funding is another example of the huge potential our blueways and greenways have for both local use and tourism benefits for many areas. I recently brought Minister Malcolm Noonan to Kildare to view progress on the Barrow Blueway and it is great to see plans now being finalised that will expand and enhance the experience for both Kildare and Laois users and visitors to our County for these great amenities.

“Minister Ryan also confirmed that funding is also in place to develop a future route between the Grand and Royal Canals and that by the end of 2023 we will have nearly 70 kilometres of Greenway completed alongside the canal in South Dublin, Kildare and Offaly.

“I look forward to the completion of the Barrow Blueway for the local areas of South Kildare and Laois and with progress on other greenways such as this extension, that we will soon get to the point where it is possible to travel all the way from Athy to Dublin along our Blueways and Greenways.  Such progress would be of huge benefit to all areas along these routes” concluded Minister Heydon.