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16-08-2011, 18:29   #1
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Greenways [greenway map of Ireland in post 1]

So there's been quite a bit of discussion of greenways on threads like Western Rail Corridor (Train & Rail Systems) and I was thinking it might be useful to have a thread which pulls together both technical discussion (for example how greenways can co-exist with adjacent roadways or railways) and news (expansions of existing greenways / announcements of new ones)

According to the Connaught Tribune there are moves on getting on Galway-Clifden along the old rail line alignment. Is there anything else starting to reach firm proposals as opposed to discussion?

MOD EDIT: Fantastic Greenway map of Ireland by riddlinrussell here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/vi...8105408448&z=7

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I'm all for greenways for tourism and leisure but there should be also a strong funding and political focus on getting commuting greenways up and running too, like the canals and Dublin bay cycle routes which are greensways.
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There are many greenways in the UK, so it might be an idea to look towards them first for experience and advice.

I understand that Newport-Mulranny has been extended to become Westport-Achill. Brilliant!

What about Skibereen-Schull? Is much of that alignment preserved?
Cherrywood-Shankill Rd Greenway to allow for Luas Dart transfers with rental bikes at either end.
Constitution Hill-Royal Canal Bank via the old phibsborough railway alingment - again with rental bike station at either end.
Rosslare-Waterford?
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Anyone ever cycle this one:

http://www.southerntrail.net/trail_information.htm
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So there's been quite a bit of discussion of greenways on threads like Western Rail Corridor (Train & Rail Systems) and I was thinking it might be useful to have a thread which pulls together both technical discussion (for example how greenways can co-exist with adjacent roadways or railways) and news (expansions of existing greenways / announcements of new ones)

According to the Connaught Tribune there are moves on getting on Galway-Clifden along the old rail line alignment. Is there anything else starting to reach firm proposals as opposed to discussion?
Parts of that route were built on for the N59 or so I believe, still it would make a good choice. Part of it at the moment (College to Dangan) is basically a "greenway" along the River. From looking at the map it seems the route is nearly all clear out to past Oughterard. You could tie it in with the "Western Way" that starts in Oughterard and goes over to Maam.
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not sure if this is the best place for it, but theres a tender out for a possible greenway on the Kingscourt Rail line between there and Navan

Title: Navan - Kingscourt Greenway Project
Published by: Navan - Kingscourt Greenway/Cycleway Committee
http://www.etenders.gov.ie/search/sh...x?ID=SEP384636

"To prepare a Feasibility Study for the conversion of the existing disused rail line from Navan - Kingscourt to use as a high quality greenway/cycleway public amenity."
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There was a notice in the Limerick Leader last week informing of the county council's intention to complete the Great Southern Trail as far as the Kerry boundary. The trail would then stretch for 35k from Rathkeale.
http://www.southerntrail.net/index.html
I wonder are there any plans to extend the trail north to link up with Adare and Limerick City. There's alot of potential there.
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To get through Adare you have to pass Rathkeale.
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This is 'phase 1' of a scheme announced some time ago by Noel Dempsey ( IIRC) and probably reannounced ad nauseum as 'smart and green' by Eamon Ryan and much of it running on former N Roads now R Roads with hard shoulders.

Its Varadkars turn to reannounce.

http://www.galwaynews.ie/27780-galwa...-local-economy

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Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has announced plans to develop a 200 kilometre off road cycle way run from Galway to Maynooth in Dublin, at a cost of around 30 million euro.
All he is REALLY doing is examining the feasibility of extending the restoration of the Royal Canal towpath from Kilcock (where the modern restoration currently ends 5 miles west of Maynooth ) ...to Mullingar.

That would be 30km so but 200km sounds much better. Expect Westmeath Co Co to propose the lifting of the Mullingar - Athlone railway line for the next section.

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This is 'phase 1' of a scheme announced some time ago by Noel Dempsey ( IIRC) and probably reannounced ad nauseum as 'smart and green' by Eamon Ryan and much of it running on former N Roads now R Roads with hard shoulders.

Its Varadkars turn to reannounce.

http://www.galwaynews.ie/27780-galwa...-local-economy



All he is REALLY doing is examining the feaibility of extending the restoration of the Royal Canal towpath from Kilcock (where the modern restoration currently ends 5 miles west of Maynooth ) ...to Mullingar.

That would be 30km so but 200km sounds much better. Expect Westmeath Co Co to propose the lifting of the Mullingar - Athlone railway line for the next section.
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What???
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Final Year Project?

On a connected note has anything been announced about doing Galway <-> Clifden Greenway?
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has anything been announced about doing Galway <-> Clifden Greenway?
I understand access issues meant it was split in 2. The western section, Oughterard-Clifden will be done first and access issues ( again) may mean it will start west of Oughterard for now. A portion will be onroad where the road was aligned onto the railway path in the 1960s.

This was sent into An Bord P in May as an SI project

http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/JA0033.htm

You will be delighted to hear that

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debate/...12-06-21.111.0

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the retention of the Galway, Oughterard and Clifden Railway Acts 1872 and 1875 is necessary because of the planned greenway along the now disused railway. The original legislation contains legal points on land ownership and rights of way which will be vital to the successful implementation of the new greenway. <snip eulogy about Connemara> .........the construction of the greenway along the old railway line put in place by the Acts, which we are retaining in this Bill. A 2.5 m wide tarmacadam surfaced walking and cycling route from Oughterard to Clifden is with An Bord Pleanála under strategic infrastructure planning.
And there was me thinking it was built under the 1889 Light Railway act which no longer required a private Parliamentary Act 'per' railway line save for 'heavy' lines...these were called 'Balfour' lines after the politican.
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Has there ever been any discussion regarding having a parallel track to the greenway for waking horses ?
Imagine riding a horse along the the western greenway along clew bay ? It would attract lots of tourists, stables etc ?
It would also not be a track for racing but just a narrow lane for trotting slowly !!! Thoughts ?
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Dunno TBH, who will be responsibe for all the ****e that horses routinely produce in that case??
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