November 2016 progress updateDate: November 18, 2016
September 23rd 2016 was yet another milestone in the conversion of the disused Waterford-Dungarvan railway into a world-class 45km greenway. The Ballinroad to Kilmacthomas Workhouse section was officially completed bringing the total open sections to 23km. The remaining 22km (Kilmacthomas Workhouse to Waterford City) will open in March 2017.
In the 8 weeks since then, many thousands of people have enjoyed the security, tranquility and beauty of this amazing route that winds its way through the heart of Waterford county. Business owners all along the route are reporting huge upturns in trade and the Waterford Greenway is already generating new jobs.
Ballyvoile Tunnel is now beautifully lit, the Ballyvoile Viaduct now has its history etched into 12 panels along its length. As the halfway mark of the greenway, Kilmacthomas is rapidly becoming a major tourist destination and stopping point. Kilmacthomas Workhouse is being transformed and is now reachable via the stunning new N25 bridge. Young and old, fit and unfit, those with disabilities and those without, are all enjoying the vision that the Deise Greenway group has been bringing you since 2013.
March 2017 promises to be the ultimate milestone when all 45km are completed and Waterford will have a cyclepath that will be the envy of Europe.
Photos courtesy of Patrick Keneally: