Bridge at Poolbeg to be 'fast-tracked'

The proposed infrastructure would connect the peninsula to the docklands

Bridge at Poolbeg to be 'fast-tracked'

Dublin's docklands | Image: Google Maps

The construction of a new bridge linking Dublin's docklands and the Poolbeg peninsula is to be 'fast-tracked' by Dublin City Council according to the Irish Times.

The €30 million bridge will connect the proposed 'urban quarter' beside Ringsend to the rest of the south docks.

In May the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney designated 34 hectares of land at Poolbeg West as a Strategic Development Zone. Up to 3,000 new homes are expected to be built on the NAMA-controlled land.

Last week the Irish Times reported that Dublin City Council had put plans on hold for the development of another bridge at the request of the National Transport Authority.

A €17 million pedestrian and cycle bridge was to run across the River Liffey from a proposed DART Underground station on the northside of the quays to Forbes Street on the south.

The NTA had reportedly asked the council to suspend the project to allow for a review of the DART Underground.

At the end of June the Minister for Transport Shane Ross revealed that plans for the proposed infrastructure could be back on the table, as well as a high-speed Metro North rail link.

Newstalk.com has contacted Dublin City Council for comment.