Wexford County Council said on Friday that it has appointed consultants to draft a preliminary design for a greenway along the disused railway corridor from Rosslare to Waterford City, with a link from Rosslare to Rosslare Harbour.
The 56km route has an estimated cost of €12 million. It will link to Ireland’s current longer greenway, the 46.5km Waterford Greenway, in Waterford city centre.
The greenway is planned to also link the towns and villages of Kilrane; Rosslare, Killinick, Mayglass, Bridgetown, Wellingtonbridge, Ballycullane, Campile in Wexford; and Belview in Kilkenny; and Ferrybank in Waterford.
The council said that Roughan O’Donovan Consulting Engineers will now commence the preparation of the feasibility study, route selection report, environmental assessment, planning and related consultancy services for the 56km greenway, which covers counties Wexford, Kilkenny and Waterford.
Chairman of Wexford County Council, Councillor John Hegarty, said: “The Rosslare to Waterford greenway will be a fantastic amenity right here on our doorstep, attracting domestic and international visitors to come, explore and stay in the region.
A council statement said: “This greenway will form part of a proposed integrated network of greenways, blueways and EuroVelo routes proposed for the South East region, providing an array of recreational facilities, constructed to the highest quality standards, for enjoyment by local and visiting pedestrians and cyclists.”