€9m funding boost puts Waterford-New Ross greenway right on track
The Waterford-New Ross greenway project has been allocated €9 million in funding.
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed the funding this morning as part of a €63.5 million package for greenway projects across the country.
The €9 million allocated to the greenway running from New Ross through south Kilkenny into the city is the second highest amount announced in the current round of funding. Some €10 million will go towards the Cork-Midleton-Youghal greenway.
Announcing the funding, Minister Ryan said: “I am delighted to be able to confirm that the allocation of €63.5 million to Greenways for 2021 is the highest single year amount ever allocated to Greenways. Indeed, it nearly equals the total amount originally allocated for the four years 2018-2021 (€53 million) and shows the commitment of this Government to providing a step-change in the way in which we fund walking and cycling.”
Work is currently underway on the new local 24km cycling and walking route, which is expected to be operational by early 2022.
The Greenway is a joint initiative of Wexford County Council, Kilkenny County Council and Waterford City and County Council, supported by the local Partnership organisations.
The route run along the disused railway line which has been in the ownership of CIE/Irish Rail since the discontinuation of passenger services in 1963 and the ending of freight services in 1995.
CIE/Irish Rail is currently engaged in negotiations with the local authorities to facilitate the development of the Greenway.
PHOTO: New Ross Red Bridge