THE Government is to invest €2.65 million in the Waterford greenway. It will provide for a link from the current greenway car park at Bilberry to the heart of Waterford City and the North Quays.
The plan is to eventually link up with a proposed Greenway from Waterford to New Ross.
The Mayor of Waterford welcomed the announcement by Transport and Tourism Minister, Shane Ross.
culmination of an already unique and spectacular off-road cycle and walking trail
“This extension to Waterford Greenway is the culmination of an already unique and spectacular off-road cycle and walking trail,” said Cllr John Pratt. “Over 250,000 people visited Waterford Greenway in 2018 and we are set for record numbers this year.”
€8m has been granted for the Ferrybank to New Ross greenway, one of 10 greenway projects around the country being funded under Project Ireland 2040.
Mr Ross spoke about the benefits the Waterford and Great Western Greenways have brought to towns like Dungarvan, Kilmacthomas and Newport.
“We want to see that type of benefit accruing to towns like Listowel, New Ross, Blessington and all the other towns and villages on the greenways that we are providing funding for,” he said.
The minister also took the opportunity to announce Bike Week, which will run all this week.
“I believe we are now at a crossroads, where we can build on the clear increase in cycling we have seen since the first Bike Week in 2009,” he said.
“Many compelling factors are now coming together to drive cycling on to a new level.”
The minister said the compelling evidence emerging on climate change was making cycling an ever more attractive option.
“I sincerely encourage everyone to get on their bike and reap the many benefits, including improved health,” said Mr Ross,