The ambitious project by Wexford County Council aims to attract more tourism to New Ross….. Wexford County Council are seeking to develop a 24km Greenway from New Ross to Ferrybank and at lunchtime on Friday it was given the green light. The recreational amenity & tourism project which will ultimately form part of the planned National Greenway network link and connect Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow to Dublin & beyond. It will attract both domestic & international visitors to the area & will act as an economic driver for the region.
Project work involved:
- The clearance of vegetation on the rail line corridor, retaining boundary hedgerows and boundary vegetation
- The lifting of the old rails. The laying of a 3 meter wide bituminous surface on a crushed stone base to form the cycle and footpath track
- Repair and upgrade of existing drains
- The marking of the aforementioned cycle and footpaths
- The upgrade and repair of existing bridges so as to accommodate the cycle /pedestrian route
- The installation of barriers for the safety of Greenway users
- Stock proof fencing
- Provision of agricultural crossings Security fencing Screen fencing Screen planting
Project Timeline Past, Present & Future
- Q4 2018 – Preliminary Design
- Q4 2018 – Procurement Stage
- Q1 2019 – Detailed Design
- Q3 2019 – €8Million Funding granted
- Q4 2019 – Tendering Stage
- Q2 2020 – Construction Starts
Speaking at the launch of Bike Week 2019 Minster Ross announced the funding for 10 greenway projects around the country under Project Ireland 2040.
“I’m delighted to announce funding of €40m for 10 excellent greenway projects. There was a high level of interest in this funding call, and we received 22 applications. We have chosen, following a detailed assessment process, 10 projects that will expand our network of greenways around the country, building on what has already been achieved and laying the groundwork for continued expansion over the next decade.”
We have seen the benefits that the Waterford and Great Western Greenways have brought to towns like Dungarvan, Kilmacthomas and Newport.”
Greenways are being developed all over Ireland right now…Which started with a dream to covert an abandoned Mayo railway track into a tourist amenity has become one of the most innovative developments in Irish tourism over the last 10 years, it has provided a perfect solution to stimulate job growth in remote areas and encouraging more sustainable travel. Most remarkably of all, are that Greenway concept has existed in Western Europe since becoming popular in the late 1980s and 1990s…but it wasn’t until the Great Western Greenway in Mayo in 2011 that Ireland eventually adopted the idea and dedicated a green corridor to tourism. The motivation for greenways is linked to promoting active life-styles, health and nature conservation.
“There can be no doubt that the Great Western Greenway has helped create many jobs and brought significant amounts of money into Mayo. It has also provided us with a fantastic recreational resource and local people all along the route and from further afield in Mayo are using it in significant numbers. I’ve no doubt that it is having an extremely positive impact on people’s physical and mental health. – Minister Michael Ring
In Waterford the Dungarvan Greenway has seen a significant increase in visitors and locals enjoying the greenway since it’s completion in June 2017 “It has changed a little dying village forever, it has. All the pubs are doing coffees and snacks. It’s unbelievable,” says a spokesman for Waterford Greenway Bike Hire
“The popularity of the Dungarvan to Waterford Greenway, proves how invaluable the walkways can be.” – Wexford County Council CEO Tom Enright.
Malachy Walsh and Partners who acted as lead consultant on the award winning Páirc Uí Chaoimh have been commissioned to bring the new greenway to life.
The views from the Redbridge (Victorian bridge) and the 300 meter tunnel are nothing short of spectacular and there will be plenty of refreshment stops en route for those looking to make a day of it.
- It planned to make this a shared Greenway, which means that people are allowed to cycle, walk and run, you can even bring your dog, as long as he/she is on a lead.
Wexford County Councillor and proud Rosbercon native Anthony Connick who has been an integral part of delivering this project to New Ross stated with pride “The entrance to the Greenway will start in Rosbercon and is going to totally transform our town of New Ross”