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Funding announced for Ferrybank-New Ross Greenway and extension of Waterford Greenway

PLANS for Mount Congreve are set to complement the eagerly awaited extension of the Waterford Greenway.
The 48km amenity passes along the boundary of the Estate as does the popular Waterford & Suir Valley Railway.There is direct access to Mount Congreve Estate from the Greenway.Now, visitor figures to the Greenway look set to increase even further as government funding of €2.65 million has been announced to extend the amenity into the heart of Waterford City.In addition, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport have confirmed the €8 million development of the Ferrybank – New Ross Greenway, which has the potential for future link- up with the Waterford Greenway.

A section of the Waterford Greenway near Bilberry.

A section of the Waterford Greenway near Bilberry.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister of State John Halligan said: “Since opening in March of 2017, the Waterford Greenway has proven to be a phenomenal success both in attracting tourism to the City and County, as well as in helping to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for Waterford people and families. Over 250,000 people walked and cycled on the Greenway last year alone and now, with investment of over €2.6 million to link the Bilberry entrance with the historic Viking Triangle, we have the opportunity to marry two of Waterford’s most popular tourist attractions.”He added: “I’m also delighted to welcome the development of the €8 million Ferrybank – New Ross Greenway which has the potential to link with the Greenway in Waterford City at a future date.”

Mayor of Waterford City & County Council Cllr John Pratt said: “The Waterford Greenway is an exceptional addition to the tourism offering in Waterford City and County and in its two years has fundamentally connected Waterford City and Dungarvan town. The funding of €2.65million brings this stunning amenity into the heart of Waterford City and provides linkages with the North and South Quays and onwards to New Ross and Rosslare.”
He added: “This extension to Waterford Greenway is the culmination of an already unique and spectacular off road cycle and walking trail. Over 250,000 people have visited Waterford Greenway in 2018 and we are set for record numbers this year.”

He says Waterford City and County Council is now well positioned to extend to 48km an excellent piece of recreational infrastructure connecting both rural and urban environments and connecting a wider regional recreational network which will provide

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