Funding application for local greenway project is submitted
AN application for funding relating to the proposed development of a greenway between New Ross and Waterford has been submitted by Wexford County Council to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Work on the application was ongoing in preparation for it being submitted at the end of November.
There are two aspects to the greenway plans for New Ross with one principal route going from the town to Waterford city on the path of the old abandoned railway line.
The other route will form a cycling and walking loop closer to the town but will incorporate an abandoned railway bridge over the river Barrow - known locally as ‘ the red bridge’.
If it goes ahead that greenway will also include an abandoned railway tunnel at Mount Elliott among its principal focal point attractions.
In a report to members of the local authority the County Council CEO, Tom Enright, said a Section 85 agreement was signed by Wexford and Kilkenny County Councils and by Waterford City and County Council to enable the local authority in Wexford to be the lead authority on the projects.
Meanwhile an application to An Bord Pleanala relating to the proposed development of a greenway between Curracloe and Wexford town was refused permission in October.
It’s expected the local authority will review that decision in detail to ascertain if other options can be developed with a view to getting the green light to carry out the proposal.
If the New Ross project gets the go-ahead it will link in with the existing Waterford Greenway forming a walking and cycling route from New Ross to Dungarvan.
The abandoned Mount Elliott tunnel would be a focal point of the New Ross inner greenway.