The Mullingar (West) to Garrycastle (Athlone East) section of the Galway to Dublin Cycleway is located on a disused railway line which ceased passenger services between Mullingar and Athlone in the early 1980s. The new cycleway reopens this direct link between two towns by providing a 3m wide 40km long cycleway. This section was opened by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in October 2015. The Cycleway itself begins in Grange South in Mullingar (linking up with the existing cycleway adjacent to the Royal Canal) and terminates in Garrycastle to the east of Athlone. The proposed Cycleway provides a safe environment for cyclists and pedestrians by providing a 3m wide bituminous surfaced route which is segregated from vehicular traffic for the entirety of its length. There are five at-grade road crossings at various locations and appropriate measures such as warning signs and road markings will be provided to highlight these to drivers and cyclists.
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