Waterford City Manager Michael Walsh has confirmed that the proposed extension of the Waterford & Suir Valley railway line into the city centre has his full commitment.
At a celebration evening marking the completed line extension to Bilberry which was opened last July, Mayor of Waterford Cllr Mary Roche confirmed that she had spoken to the City Manager, saying he had promised to provide his full backing to the next expansion project.
In a move which will be welcomed by all commuters west of the city, plans are in place to extend the track from Bilberry to the city centre.
The latest extension was celebrated with a special trip attended by dignitaries last week.
“The evening was a celebration of the new road,” said Waterford & Suir Valley Railway Business Development Manager Maria Kyte.
The rail line now runs from the Kilmeaden station to the N25 toll plaza and incorporates a new 40 metre tunnel underneath the road.
Ms Kyte said it’s predicted the attraction can significantly gain even more visitors in the future.
“This summer, our passenger numbers are up 29% so we’re delighted,” she said.
The new extension adds to what is already a huge success story for Waterford tourism. Waterford County Mayor Cllr Paddy O’Callaghan said the area now had an outstanding opportunity.
“The River Suir Bridge makes County Waterford easily accessible from the midlands and east of the county. We have to capitalise on this and promote it at every opportunity,” he said.
Mayor of Waterford City Cllr Mary Roche advocated that everyone work together to promote Waterford as a tourist destination.
For all city dwellers, the extended rail line offers a unique chance to further experience and enjoy the beautiful Suirside landscape.
While closed until next spring, the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway will open for the October mid-term offering special services, including the Spooky Express on October 30th.