— Route signage “will set a template for other greenways in the country”
Mullingar and Athlone are to be linked with a greenway in 10 days time when the route is opened officially.
The walking and cycling between the two large towns is due to be opened by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny on October 18.
This was confirmed by transport minister Paschal Donohoe when he was answering a parliamentary question on the lack of signage for greenways in the midlands.
Minister Donohoe said: “I understand that the Mullingar to Athlone Greenway which is due to be officially opened by An Taoiseach, on October 18th, will have signage on the route in place on opening. As the signage to be used will set a template for other greenways in the country, it is important that we have signage in place that will work in a myriad of different locations whilst also avoiding visual clutter. This is taking somewhat longer than expected, but I understand that there will be further signs directing people to the route during November. I am delighted to see this opening and I understand that many local people are already using the route even before it is officially open. It will show the benefits of a greenway to the local community and get more people out on their bikes, walking and being active and providing a focal point for communities along the route.”
He was responding to a question from TD Robert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail), who asked for “…the reason there are no midlands greenway signs erected to date, given that there are 2,500 signs erected for the Wild Atlantic Way.”