Great Southern Trail becomes Greenway

UPGRADE works are beginning on the Great Southern Greenway in West Limerick, including the replacement of 20 sets of farm crossing gates along the 39km route.

The upgrades, intended to make the route more cycle-friendly, will now be carried out following the signing of contracts between Limerick City and County Council and Roadbridge Ltd.

The new gate and cattle grid arrangements will allow cyclists to comfortably travel the route without having to dismount the bike at each farm crossing, thus converting the trail to a greenway.

Gordon Daly, Patrick O'Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport and Conor Gilliganat the start of enhancement work on the Great Southern Greenway.

Gordon Daly, Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport and Conor Gilligan at the start of enhancement work on the Great Southern Greenway.

Works will also include provision of three kilometres of fencing and the provision of staggered gates at 10 road crossings.

“This is a good news story for West Limerick and now the Great Southern Trail, which has now been renamed the Great Southern Greenway, has the potential to play a much bigger role in the development of tourism in the West Limerick area,” said Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD.

“When complete, this will also provide greater opportunities for local people to get involved in cycling, running and walking in the local area, something as Minister for Sport I am always trying to promote,” he added.

The greenway, which currently runs from Rathkeale to the Kerry border near Abbeyfeale, was originally developed by the Great Southern Trail Company, and came into the hands of Limerick City and County Council in December 2015.

Courtesy Limerick Leader.

 

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