Tramore phase of the Greenway Project remains dormant…
Waterford-Tramore and Waterford-Mallow railway lines were never connected but they will be when the Deise Greenway is extended as far as Tramore and along The Quays of Waterford. A few kilometers of this off road tarmac path are already open beside John’s River. The Deise Greenway project came about when, after much campaigning, The Waterford to Dungarvan Railway was given to Waterford County Council under licence, to be developed as a green way, for cycling, running and walking. It is expected that the two funded phases of the Deise Greenway will open in June 2015. These phases add up to over 20 kilometers and include Waterford to Kilmeaden as well as Dungarvan to Durrow. In June last year, Chief Executive Officer, Michael Walsh announced that the County intention was to spend €10m on the Deise Greenway project over the next 5 years, with the news that the Greenway was now also going to be be extended to include Tramore. However Cllr Eamon Quinlan states that
So far, only buying of land, drawing down of national funds for the scheme etc have occurred on the City to Dungarvan strip.
Following enquiries, it was revealed that at this point in time, no funds have even been sought to be drawn down by the Council for the Tramore phase of this project. which he feels should be given priority, as the Tramore section represents a shorter geographical distance, would cost less, be easier to do.
Also, Tramore and the city have much more in terms of commuters and recreational trippers both to and from the city and Tramore. This would have been of major advantage to Tramore for the Summer in terms of tourists cycling etc but as yet the Tramore phase remains dormant while priority is given to the west of county leg.
However, according to Senior Engineer for Waterford City and County Council. , Ray Mannix, The Tramore Road Greenway is far from dormant.
He states. that In December 2014, the Tramore House Regional Design Office completed a Feasibility Report on the project, and Following on from that they have commissioned a survey company to carry out a full topographical survey of the route and Tramore House Regional Design Office has been appointed to do the detailed design.
When the greenway is designed, the cost can be estimated and we will then be in a position to apply for funding, when funding becomes available from the Department of Transport.