30 August 2016
Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce that a substantial section of the Waterford Greenway will open for use from the 23rd September 2016 between Dungarvan (Causeway) and Kilmacthomas (Workhouse). Members of the public should be aware that, from time to time, minor construction works may need to be carried out on this section of the Greenway - however advance notice will be given on social media and on the Greenway website at www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com.
Information on car parks and access points will be made available in time for the September opening of that section. Work on the remaining section from Kilmacthomas to Waterford City will continue with a view to opening for use in the near future. Updates will be posted on social media and on the Greenway website. The official 'ribbon cutting' opening will take place in Spring 2017 to coincide with the launch of the tourism season. Queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Development work is ongoing on the Waterford Greenway. It is still a construction site and not suitable to walk or cycle. There are eleven bridges along the route and a separate bridge has to be constructed beside each one to facilitate the Greenway. Train station platforms will be built along the route at Mount Congreve Gardens, the Woodstown Site, Gracedieu Native Woodland Trust and Bilberry. This work must be completed before the Waterford Greenway can open.
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway will not open for the February Mid-Term Break this year to allow the work to continue uninterrupted. It will instead open for the season from Saturday 19th March.
The Waterford Greenway is going to be a tremendous asset to Waterford. We very much look forward to having such a wonderful amenity on our doorstep when this section is complete late summer 2016.
The Waterford Greenway will be a high quality 3-metre wide, macadam surface cycle / walkway on 45km of off road greenway, in a particularly scenic area from Bilberry, Waterford City to Dungarvan, Co Waterford.
The route will follow the former Waterford to Dungarvan Railway line. The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway has track on a 10km section of the route from Kilmeadan to Bilberry. The Waterford Greenway is being developed beside the railway track with a short detour away to avoid a Special Area of Conservation at Carriganore.
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway Company fully support the Waterford Council Waterford Greenway development. There is already a rich tapestry of community and tourism resources along the railway route, providing the basis for a linear park including Mount Congreve Gardens, Woodstown Viking Site, Gracedieu Native Woodland Reserve and Bilberry Station. The Greenway provides for railway station platforms at each of these sites in preparation for future development. Waterford & Suir Valley Railway will work closely with Mount Congreve Gardens to offer an inclusive ticket to take the scenic train journey and stop off to visit the gardens. Similar stops will be scheduled as the Viking site and native woodland is developed.
The platform at Bilberry Station will allow the railway to offer one-way trips to coach tour operators to and from Waterford City. This will be new business outside the regular schedule.
The Waterford Greenway brings the company one-step closer to achieving its objective to operate in a linear park opening up the area for use by the local community and tourists to the South East. The continuous nature of the Greenway will provide the facility for healthy recreational activity, in a safe and secure environment, away from motorised vehicles. All of which will result in increased visitor numbers leading to a more sustainable product, economic development and employment.