Request for coastal walk development
CALLS HAVE been made to have the coastal walk developed from Greystones to Wicklow Town, as local representatives say Irish Rail are putting fences in the wrong place.
‘This is a great walk but must be improved before it can be used by more people,’ said Cllr. Derek Mitchell on the popular walkers’ route. He said that one issue is the Breeches rail bridge at Newcastle, which he said needs a footpath on the side.
‘This would complement the Cliff Walk to Bray and one could get a train to one end and walk one way. Few walks would be so accessible to public transport.’
Another area highlighted by Cllr. Mitchell is the rail line at Five Mile Point, where he said the fencing is in the wrong place, too close to the rock armour, forcing walkers from greystones on to the track side of the fence or the beach which damages the sensitive plants.
Cllr. Mitchell said that the track must be fenced off from the walking path and a path welded on to the side of two rail bridges for safety reasons. ‘Irish Rail have put fences in the wrong place, too close to the rock armour, forcing walkers to walk on the track side of the fence or the beach which damages the sensitive plants.’
The Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council added that he has had a positive meeting with Irish Rail and The National Parks and Wildlife Service and hopes to get a plan put together which takes into account the needs of rail safety walkers as well as the sensitive environment in the area.
He added that parts of the walk are under heavy environmental protection.