Wexford County Council announced today (Friday 19th January 2018) that it has appointed Roughan O’Donovan Consulting Engineers to undertake a preliminary design and associated studies for the development of a greenway along the existing rail corridor from Rosslare to Waterford City with a link from Rosslare to Rosslare Harbour.
The greenway will provide an off-road cycle and walking path from Rosslare Harbour to Waterford City taking in the towns and villages of Kilrane; Rosslare, Killinick, Mayglass, Bridgetown, Wellingtonbridge, Ballycullane, Campile in Wexford; Belview in Kilkenny; and Ferrybank in Waterford.
It will facilitate overseas visitors accessing the South East and create a local recreational amenity for the towns and villages along its route.
The leading civil, environmental and structural engineering consultancy firm will now commence the preparation of the feasibility study, route selection report, environmental assessment, planning and related consultancy services for the 56km greenway, which covers counties Wexford, Kilkenny and Waterford.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Councillor John Hegarty described today’s contract signing as a significant milestone in the development of this major recreational project.
“The Rosslare to Waterford greenway will be a fantastic amenity right here on our doorstep, attracting domestic and international visitors to come, explore and stay in the region” said Councillor Hegarty. “It will connect with existing and planned greenways and blueways across the South East region and link to other cycling and walking trails, tourism attractions / experiences and towns and villages along its route. The greenway will provide a recreational pathway for use by local and overseas visitors while encouraging and promoting walking and cycling in a safe and controlled environment.”
This greenway will form part of a proposed integrated network of greenways, blueways and EuroVelo routes proposed for the South East region, providing an array of recreational facilities, constructed to the highest quality standards, for enjoyment by local and visiting pedestrians and cyclists.
Construction costs of the greenway are estimated at €12 million.
Significant Timelines for the Project
|Engineering Consultancy Services Contract awarded||January 2018|
|Feasibility/Route Selection/Economic Report||Qtr. 2 2018|
|Preliminary Design Complete||Qtr. 4 2018|
|Development Consent/Statutory Processes||Qtr. 1 2019|