— Greenway route also includes gates narrower than wanted by disability advocates.
The Kerry Cycling Campaign and national group Cyclist.ie are asking members of the public to join with them by Friday to ask Kerry Council Council not to divert the Tralee-Fenit Greenway.
At the time of writing it is unclear what the legal situation is around the blockage of part of the former Tralee-Fenit railway route. The Irish Examiner reported: “The Fenit line closed in 1978 but remained in the ownership of CIE and was later transferred to the council.”
A private business seems to be operating on the railway which is reported to be still in State ownership and it is understood that the parties involved did not object to the original planning approval for the Tralee-Fenit greenway.
Kerry Council Council has told local media that the detour is not long and will not add greatly to the cost of the route.
Campaigners are asking people to email the council objections to the detour to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Tralee-Fenit Greenway (Bawnboy)‘ by this Friday September 4.
The greenway route also includes the route yielding to private driveways and chicanes gates which are narrower than recommended by groups like Wheels for Wellbeing, which advocates for access to cycling for people with disabilities and mobility issues.
The details of the detour can be found on the council’s website.