By Dan Walsh
A fully segregated two-way cycle lane and an enhanced streetscape central to Wexford County Council’s plans for the regeneration and transformation of Esmonde Street, Gorey, took a significant step forward this week as a planning application was lodged for the scheme.
The vision for the proposed project is to improve the public realm along Esmonde Street and Esmonde Lane, and further develop the area as an attractive place to live, work and do business.
Esmonde Street will see an enhanced streetscape, with improvements to footpaths, road pavement, tasteful hard and soft landscaping and undergrounding of overhead services.
Modifications to traffic management, through the proposed introduction of a one-way system, seek to reduce vehicle dominance on the street and make it a friendlier environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
A fully segregated two-way cycle lane will be facilitated along the length of the street as part of the works. Esmonde Lane, which runs parallel to Esmonde Street, is planned to be upgraded so that students and members of the public can walk and cycle safely between Gorey Community School, Bunscoil Loreto and St Michael’s Church car park.