‘Super greenway’ to run from Rosslare to Mallow via Waterford
Some €80,000 has been provided to assess the possibility of linking the existing Waterford Greenway to the Cork county boundary. The 8.5km section would run from Dungarvan to the townland of Ballyduff Upper and could eventually link with the Cork town of Mallow.
At the same time, €58,000 has been allocated to assess the possibility of a greenway link with Rosslare. The 58km section would run from Rosslare Europort to the port of Bellview and connect with the Waterford Greenway.
Fine Gael Senator John Cummins welcomed the funding. “Funding has already been allocated for the extension of the Waterford Greenway from Bilberry to the city centre and this will link into the New Ross greenway which is underway via the North Quays,” he said.
“The vision is to create an integrated network of safe, off-road, walking and cycling routes nationally, and the €80,000 being allocated to fund the appraisal of route options from Dungarvan to the Cork boundary is very exciting.”
Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, said the plan was to eventually link Mallow, in Co Cork, to Dungarvan through Ballyduff.
He pointed out that a further €200,000 had been allocated to complete the Suir Blueway from Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir.
He said the plan would cement Waterford’s position as a premier destination for cycling. “We have seen the enormous success of the Waterford Greenway in drawing visitors to the region and in promoting cycling locally,” Mr Ó Cathasaigh, said.
“Using the greenway as a lynchpin, we are now looking at broadening that network – pushing outwards to New Ross and Rosslare in one direction, and onwards from Dungarvan into Co Cork in the other.”