Funding for Waterford Greenways

Funding for Waterford Greenways

Waterford Greenway Funding 2023

Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, welcomes significant national funding to create and extend Greenways in Ireland with the advancement of some key Waterford related projects. The funding has been allocated to Local Authorities to advance the delivery and connection of Greenways in 2023, along with key National Road Projects.

The projects announced today will build on the success of the Waterford Greenway and the other key projects planned for the city, county and region. There will be enhanced connectivity between counties and the further opening up of a national cycle network which will provide increased active travel options and local amenities.

Speaking after the announcement, Deputy Ó Cathasaigh said:

“Today’s news is welcome as it will leverage the Waterford Greenway and build on its success to create a regional network of cycleways. Waterford Greenway stood out from the crowd along with the Great Western Greenway in Mayo and they set the tone and showed how successful Greenways can be – from a local amenity, active travel and tourism point of view. Some of the projects announced today will improve the sustainable tourism offering in towns and villages throughout the county as they link in smaller areas to the spine of the existing Greenway. We are another step closer to being able to offer multi-day options for sustainable toursim in the city, county and region which will facilitate people who want to enjoy our Greenways but also the River Suir with the expansion of the Blueway”

Projects announced today include:

•             Waterford to Rosslare (Belview to Europort) €50,000

•             Dungarvan to Mallow €300,000

•             Dungarvan – Youghal Pathfinder €400,000

•             Suir Blueway Gas House Bridge to Suir Island Clonmel €400,000

•             Marlfield Blueway Clonmel €300,000

Deputy Ó Cathasaigh added:

“One of the more exciting aspects of today’s announcement is the cross-boundary projects that are now being worked on with Tipperary, Wexford and Cork County Councils. With the extension of the Waterford Greenway and the Waterford – New Ross Greenway due to open in the coming months, we are another step closer to an interconnected and extensive cycling route between Rosslare and Cork City. With the addition of extra routes such as the Tramore-Waterford Cycleway which is now at the Route-Option stage, work on the Blueway and other projects within the pipeline, the opportunities for Waterford to benefit economically and socially through active travel and sustainable tourism continue to grow.”