Waterford Greenway To Get Extension
According to The Irish Independent, the Waterford Greenway will get a 2.1km extension to connect the popular off-road walking and cycling trail from Bilberry to the city centre. Works have egun on...
According to The Irish Independent, the Waterford Greenway will get a 2.1km extension to connect the popular off-road walking and cycling trail from Bilberry to the city centre.
Works have begun on the extension with a budget of €6.8m, and should be completed within 18 months, the City and County Council reportedly said.
"The Greenway has breathed new life into the city and county and the fact that this extension will give users a more comfortable cycling and walking experience is to be welcomed," Mayor Joe Kelly reportedly said.
The Waterford Greenway is a 46km trail linking the city with Dungarvan along the former Great Southern and Western railway line, and was first launched in 2017.
It has reportedly proved hugely popular, reportedly spurring local business start-ups and providing an exercise and recreational resource for locals and visitors alike.
By linking the route with the city, it is reportedly hoped to grow user numbers and provide them with a safer experience on the extended section.
The 2.1km addition will reportedly also provide for future Greenway links to New Ross, currently at construction phase, and Rosslare and Tramore.
It reportedly comes in a bumper year for Greenways, with the refurbished Limerick Greenway and Royal Canal Greenway reportedly both getting official launches this summer.
Funding of €63.5 million has reportedly also been allocated to several off-road walking and cycling projects in 2021, reportedly including €9 million for the New Ross to Waterford Greenway, €10 million for Cork's Midleton to Youghal Greenway and €5.5 million for an expansion of Mayo's Great Western Greenway. Last week, the High Court reportedly also ruled that its decision upholding planning permission for the South Kerry Greenway project cannot be appealed, reportedly raising hopes that a 27km Greenway between Glenbeigh and Cahersiveen could move forward.
The €6.8 million Waterford contract has reportedly been awarded to John Craddock Ltd. of Kilcullen after a tendering process.
Further works will reportedly include two structural steel boardwalks, boundary treatment and paving works, including exposed aggregate, limestone/granite slabs and setts.
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