Full Steam Ahead for Waterford Greenway while North Kerry still awaits.

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The best wishes of all lovers of the outdoors go Waterford  City & County Council who have obtained a licence from CIÉ to convert the very scenic old railway from Dungarvan to Waterford into the 50km Déise Greenway. The Council hope to have the entire project completed by the middle of 2016 (read full article in the link below). https://scontent-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t31.0-8/10658698_1625774047652238_7211729681051107849_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9

This Greenway will then become part of the EuroVelo1 Atlantic Coastal Route ( www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos ) which is being developed along all the coastal States from Portugal to Norway. The  40km Limerick section of the Great Southern Trail [GST] is also part of EuroVelo1 as is the Tralee Environs portion of the GST. The completed Limerick portion of the GST at present ends in open country at the Kerry Border and this situation has pertained since late 2012.

Following an initial public consultation process in 2013 Kerry County Council made an unsuccessful application for State funding to  develop the 10km from the Limerick Border to Listowel in 2014.  Since then they are in the process of acquiring the railway route from CIÉ and hope to have developed the 10km from the Limerick Border to Listowel by late 2016 if funding can be obtained.
It can be argued that this generous timeframe compares very unfavourably with achievements elsewhere in Ireland as exemplified by the Waterford example.
It is the view of the GST Ltd., who have led the Limerick development, that there should be a Greenway link all the way from Limerick City to Tralee/Fenit with maximum use being made of the dismantled railway.

Priorities ?

Kerry County Council have been in the news recently regarding two controversial projects both of which involve the development of cycleways and compulsory purchase orders.

These are the South Kerry greenway in which KCC plan to buy back the railway in South Kerry (which was sold off after it was abandoned decades ago) and the other is the N86 development which also involves buying land for a widened road and a cycleway, ironically parts of this land was also once part the Tralee to Dingle Railway alignment.

So essential your tax money is going to buy back the two abandoned railways, which once were in state ownership, but no longer due to either been sold off or lost due to neglect.

At the same time there are two other railways in Kerry which are still in public ownership and lying idle, (the Tralee – Fenit and Tralee – Limerick) and which could easily be converted to greenways (as per the objectives of the county development)

Wouldn’t would be great to see these routes developed, wouldn’t this be much cheaper and in so better value for the taxpayer !

But maybe an Irish solution to this Irish problem is that we all sit on the fence for a few more years by which time we will have to buy back this land too ?

Phase II progress…

As posted recently Kerry CoCo unanimously voted to approve the Part VIII planning application for the second phase of the Tralee-Fenit Grennway /GST in Kerry, and they sure haven’t being slow to get working on this section of the route. Work clearing the rail-line began at the start of the month and huge wok has been completed over the last couple of weeks.

Below are some photo of the progress…

Phase II aproval

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.
https://traleetofenitcycleway.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/phase-ii-aproval/

Phase II planning

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.

A sad day for the railway, a good day for the Greenway.

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.

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As a coincidence  CIE’s notice is dated  the eve of the railways 127th birthday, the line opened to passengers July 5th 1887 !

All change…