Enhanced Pedestrian & Cyclist Facilities on the Radial Routes within Kilkenny City
About Active Travel in Kilkenny City
Kilkenny County Council invite your input on plans to enhance pedestrian and cyclist facilities on the radial routes within Kilkenny City. This strategic scheme will be progressed by Kilkenny County Council on a phased basis from 2024 to 2030, through funding from the National Transport Authority’s Active Travel programme. This scheme forms parts of a wider active travel programme to make Kilkenny a more sustainable city. Where possible, selected elements of these schemes will be delivered under a rapid deployment programme.
The aim of the active travel programme is to provide safe, active travel networks, to enable people to choose to walk, wheel or cycle to work, to school or for their everyday journeys, when possible. People in Kilkenny have consistently cited safety as the main barriers to active travel and the investment programme will address this issue. These enhanced facilities will help create a more liveable, attractive and vibrant city. Furthermore, it will encourage independent journeys for all, particularly for children and young people and those with mobility issues, reducing the demand for care journeys. The active travel programme will also provide alternatives to car travel within the city and help Kilkenny achieve the carbon emission reduction targets set out in the Climate Action Plan.
Kilkenny County Council welcome your feedback on the following schemes as part of this consultation:
Freshford and Granges Road
Approximately 3,000 school-age children will commute to school along the Freshford or Granges Road. Safe, segregated facilities will allow students to walk, wheel or cycle to school. The Freshford Road is a key link to St. Lukes and Aut Even Hospital, one of the largest employers and trip generators in Kilkenny City. Thomas Square provides a low traffic, shortcut from the Granges Rd to Dean St and on to the city centre via Abbey St.
This route provides opportunities for additional tree planting and verges on the wider stretches, enriching the biodiversity of our city, and increasing the attractiveness of our routes. The route will connect the North-east of the city with public and sustainable transport options at MacDonagh Junction. The junction will be connected to the city centre through enhanced pedestrian/cyclist facilities.
Hebron and Dublin Road
This route will add to linkages already developed in the Hebron, Johnswell Road and Newpark area, linking houses to schools, employment, retail and health services and green spaces. These routes will link to the off-road path by the Nore, along which people can enjoy a traffic free link to the city centre. Future plans will link this route to the parklands to be developed at the St. Canice’s site.
This is the gateway to the city for many visitors to Kilkenny. The route travels along by the historic walls of Kilkenny Castle and parklands and also links many of the shortcuts to the city centre for residents in the Loughboy and Nuncio Road areas.
Waterford and Boherntounish Road
This busy corridor links residential areas to the Presentation Secondary School, Gaelscoil Osraí and Kilkenny School Project. The route also serves the shopping centre, medical services, The Watershed and large employment centres. There will be opportunities for additional tree planting and wildflower verges.
Please note: The Flip book below may not be compatible with some search engines and is also available as a pdf on this page under Materials, entitled Kilkenny Radial Routes Booklet Final.