Bray Seafront Plaza officially opened

The recently completed Strand Road Plaza in Bray was officially opened today (Weds) by the Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy.

The completion of this high-quality public plaza has greatly enhanced the public space on Bray’s famous seafront.

The scheme includes: 

  • Widened pedestrian areas using new paving materials
  • A shared space linking to the existing cycle route on both sides of the scheme
  • New seating, trees, planters, public lighting. 
  • The road carriageway has been raised and reduced in width, to control vehicle speeds and shorten crossing distances for pedestrians. 

Mr Brian Gleeson, Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council, said: “Strand Road Plaza’s development is one of many National Transport Authority (NTA) projects in progress and its completion and opening, is a clear demonstration of Wicklow County Council’s commitment to sustainable transport and active travel measures for the future in conjunction with the NTA.”

L/R – Paul McGartoll NTA;  Deputy Steven Matthews, Brian Gleeson, Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council;  Sarah McDonagh NTA, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy, Cathaoirleach Bray Municipal District;  Conor Page, Wicklow County Council, Michael Ahern NTA

Cllr Flynn Kennedy, Cathaoirleach, Bray Municipal District, stated: This completed project has significantly enhanced the area and it has given people the opportunity to sit and relax; allows people to move about easily and comfortably between amenities, cafes, and businesses on both sides of Strand Road Plaza; provides a coherent connection between the footpaths and cycle tracks on either side and provides for outdoor café/restaurant seating and hosting public events.

“This project has achieved what is set out in the Bray Local  Area Plan in the development of safe and accessible pedestrian and cycle routes. It is a job well done.”  

Anne Graham, Chief Executive Officer, National Transport Authority, stated: “The Strand Road Plaza in Bray has presented a great opportunity for the NTA to work with Wicklow County Council on a project that both improves active travel access through the area and provides a link between two previously unconnected cycle facilities.

“It also focuses on place-making to ensure that the Strand Road Plaza is a key destination and a welcoming space at Bray Seafront. This project is just one of several hundred, not just in the Greater Dublin Area, but across the country, being funded by NTA as part of the overall plan to make cycling and walking easier and safer for more people.”

Wicklow County Council would like to thank the National Transport Authority for providing funding to facilitate this project.

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