The upgrade of the Rathbeale Road in Swords has been officially opened by the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien.The road, which is part of the R125 Swords to Ashbourne route, has been reopened to traffic since March 20 but, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned official opening could not take place. Instead, a simple ceremony to unveil a commemorative stone, was held recently to mark the official re-opening of it. Mayor O’Brien said: “As Mayor of Fingal I am delighted to officially open the new Rathbeale Road in Swords. This is our second LIHAF project that we have seen to completion and opens up the whole western side of Swords for potential new development.” .This will be a big asset in terms of infrastructure within the Swords area and the Greater Fingal area.”The Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly, said: “I am really delighted that the Rathbeale Road upgrade is finished. This road has delivered walking and cycling infrastructure to new houses in Oldtown and Mooretown. This road was previously quite a narrow road without any pedestrian or cycle facilities so it’s also making the area much safer for people who are out walking and cycling. The purpose has been to connect those new residents with the town of Swords but also to local schools in the area. There is also a new secondary school being constructed on the Mooretown lands which will be of great value to the west of Swords now and in the future.
”The upgrade of the R125 Swords to Ashbourne route saw about one kilometre of rural regional road at Rathbeale being upgraded to a more urban layout with cycle tracks and footpaths along both sides. The upgraded stretch runs from the Murrough Road junction to the Swords Western Distributor Road junction at Rathbeale Cottages.The contractor for this project was Johns Civil Engineering along with Waterman Moylan Consulting Engineers while the project team in Fingal County Council project-managed the overall schemeThe project cost €6m with €4.9m being received from the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund under the Rebuilding Ireland programme and Fingal County Council making up the balance. The upgrade will facilitate 800 houses initially and 3,200 eventually.