Kerry County Council have unanimously voted to approve the Part VIII planning application for the second phase of the Tralee to Fenit Greenway at their monthly meeting this morning.
This decision means that work can now proceed on extending the current path from Rock street to the rail and bus station at Edward Street.
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Kerry County Council have posted the Part VIII planning application for the second phase of the Tralee Fenit Greenway. This application deals with the section of the line from the station to the previously developed section at Rock street.
The planning documents are online and the date for receipt of submissions is the Friday August 29th. If you are in favour of this project then please make sure you make a submission to that effect.
Although this is a short section ((~500m) it is important as it provides a safe pedestrian and cycle route to the regions main public transport hub, connects with the existing Big River path, and in doing so connects with CBS national school.
Providing cycle links to all public transport hubs and schools by 2020 is part of the governments objectives as set down in the National Cycle Policy Framework.
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As we posted recently CIE has agreed to divest the Tralee Fenit Railway to Kerry County Council . This week CIE has posted notice of the abandonment order in the local press, this is the first step in the formal abandonment process.
Even for avid proponents of the rail-bed conversion it is sad to finally see the railway’s life finally coming to a close, yet another part of Ireland’s once extensive railway network disappearing from the map, but there is consolation that with it’s conversion to a greenway the line will stay intact and will remain a transport route serving the people of Tralee, The Spa, Kilfenora and Fenit.
As a coincidence CIE’s notice is dated the eve of the railways 127th birthday, the line opened to passengers July 5th 1887 !
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Yesterday we posted about the launch of Edward to Rock Street section of the Greenway, well it seems that Minister Kelly had even more good news up his sleeve!
Today he announced that CIE has agreed to divest it unused railway lands in the county to Kerry County Council, land which will allow for the completion of not only the Tralee to Fenit Greenway but also the extension of the Great Southern Trial into Kerry, Radio Kerry have an audio clip from the Minister.
While this news is more than welcome lets hope that this is progressed in a proper and timely manner,as some of you may remember that CIE agreed to sell this land to Kerry Co. Co. back in the 1980’s.
So fingers crossed that this time it doesn’t get derailed.
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This Friday will see the official launch by Minister Alan Kelly of Phase I (we presume this should be Phase II) of the Tralee-Fenit Greenway (Casements Railway Station-Rock Street section) as part of the National Cycle Network. The launch be held at The Green Area. Casement: Avenue, Rock street, Tralee on Friday, 20m June, 2014 at 3:00pm.
The completion of this section of the route will see all of the former railway in Tralee back in use for transport, and will provide a direct link for the population along it with Kerry’s main transportation hub. It will also connection with the short ‘Big River Path’ to provide students of Tralee CBS with a dedicated safe off road route to their school.
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With the pending demise of Tralee town council, it is good to hear at at the final regular monthly meeting of Tralee Town Council that the money in the town’s coffers will be ring fenced for the Tralee area.
Town Manager Michael McMahon also told the meeting that €100,000 from the suplus will be put aside for the redevlopment of the section of railway from Edward Street to Rock Steet.
The local authority’s financial statement shows there’s a credit balance of just over 11 million euro in Tralee Town Council’s coffers on December 31st last.
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