Full steam ahead on Déise Greenway

Déise Greenway

Déise Greenway

IT’S a case of full steam ahead on developing the old Waterford-Dungarvan railway line into the much anticipated Déise Greenway.

The January plenary meeting of Waterford City & County Council heard that the council is in a position to move on very quickly once certain legal issues are resolved.

Raising the issue, Mayor of the Waterford Metropolitan Area Cllr Lola O’Sullivan sought an update on developments.

She welcomed the fact that work has commenced on the Kilmeaden-Bilberry section, but sought a timeframe for when the Durrow-Kilmeaden section and the Clonea-Durrow section would be completed.

CEO of Waterford City & County Council Michael Walsh said access to the line was still problematic in a small number of cases and said court action was still on the table.

“We will be going to court if we don’t have access to those lands on 1st February,” he said.

Mr Walsh explained that one or two people were not accepting proposals, but said he was confident that this could be overcome and that the council would be in a position to move on.

Landowners along the entire route have been visited and ‘accommodation works’ discussed.

An appeals committee has been established, while a steering group is being set-up to manage the project during and after developments.

Mr Walsh said design elements are currently being worked on.

“There is a lot of work going on which people don’t necessarily see,” he said.

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