Sustainable Transport Bridge

On 16th September 2019, An Bord Pleanála approved the “River Suir Sustainable Transport Bridge” based on the reasons and considerations under and subject to the conditions set out in the Board Order – Ref: ABP-303274-18. A history of the application can be found on this page.


Planning Application

In 2018, Waterford City and County Council (“the developer”) applied under section 51 (2) of the Roads Acts, 1993-2015 (as amended by section 9 (1)(e)(i) of the Roads Act 2007) to An Bord Pleanála (“the Board”) for approval in relation to the proposed development of a Sustainable Transport Bridge, consisting of:

  • A 5-span, 8m wide bridge which accommodates pedestrians, cyclists and an electric shuttle bus service approximately in line with Barronstrand Street and in front of the existing Clock Tower and associated bollards, which are protected structures (RPS WA730392 and WA730594 respectively) on the south quays and a former industrial brownfield site which shall be developed as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) on the north quays. The 207m long opening bridge provides a 25m wide navigation channel with associated vessel collision protection systems.
  • The proposed development also comprises a plaza at the South Quay landing point. This plaza will be a paved and landscaped space for the street-scape around the Clock Tower. There will also be lighting, flagpoles, street furniture, planting and all associated ancillary works. The proposed development is illustrated in the map below.

Waterford City and County Council submitted to the Board the Environmental Impact Assessment Report prepared in accordance with section 50 of the Roads Acts, 1993-2015 (as amended by section 9 (1)(d) of the Roads Act 2007) in respect of the proposed development.

Waterford City and County Council also prepared a Natura Impact Statement in respect of the proposed development which was also submitted to An Bord Pleanála. A copy of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and the Natura Impact Statement were available below.


Non-Statutory Public Consultation
During 2018, Waterford City and County Council invited submissions and observations, in writing, from interested parties regarding a proposed bridge across the River Suir which will provide a new sustainable transport link between the North Quays and South Quays, promoting the further development of Waterford City and facilitating the development of the North Quays Strategic Development Zone lands.  A public consultation event was also held in the Granary Building on Merchant’s Quay, Waterford, on Wednesday 18th July 2018.

Information on this project, available at that time, is available below: