Three walking and cycling infrastructure projects open in Kerry
Eamon Ryan, Minister for Transport, and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton announced today that three new greenway and road projects will be open for locals and visitors to Kerry to use from this Bank Holiday Weekend.
Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton officially opened the three projects. The N69 Listowel to Abbeyfeale section of the North Kerry Greenway, the Tralee to Fenit Greenway and the N70 Brackaharagh road in Caherdaniel are now officially open to walkers, wheelers, cyclists and road users.
The Programme for Government has committed to delivering a substantial programme of Greenways and cycling and walking infrastructure all around the country. These new projects in Kerry were funded by the Department of Transport and delivered by Kerry County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland, providing sustainable connectivity in the region.
N70 Brackaharagh Project
The N70 Brackaharagh Project includes upgrade and widening of a 1.2KM section of the N70 National Secondary Road and construction of a new segregated cycle way. The N70 forms a significant part of the Ring of Kerry tourist route and provides an important link from the Iveragh Peninsula to the National Primary Network and to other transport modes.
N69 Listowel to Abbeyfeale, North Kerry Greenway
The N69 Listowel to Abbeyfeale section of theNorth Kerry ‘Greenway’ includes a 10.5km stretch of greenway from Listowel to the Limerick County Bounds. The Greenway has been developed along a disused railway line will link to the Limerick Greenway which extends 40 km from Abbeyfeale to Rathkeale in County Limerick. When the Listowel to Fenit phases of the Greenway is complete, it will extend over 90km in length from Limerick to Fenit.
Tralee to Fenit Greenway
The Tralee to Fenit Greenway consists of the construction of a 11.2KM Greenway on the Tralee to Fenit old railway line. It stretches from the townland of Ballynahoulort in Tralee to the village of Fenit. The Greenway will provide locals with a sustainable transport corridor linking Tralee town centre and Tralee Train Station to Mounthawk at Bracker O’Regan Road. It will also give tourists and recreational cyclists a safe route to enjoy the views over Tralee Bay and provide a key link with the trans-European EuroVelo Route.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said: “I was in Kerry in late June where I met with County Council officials and public representatives and opened a section of the Tralee to Fenit Greenway. At that time, I stressed the importance of moving quickly to re-think how we get around, by making our roads safer and by putting in place segregated cycle and walking networks to ensure that more people can choose to walk, wheel or cycle. It is a testament to Kerry County Council that these three projects are now finished and ready to open. We all know that Kerry attracts many visitors, but these projects are for locals first and foremost, to make it easier and more enjoyable for them to move around, with and without a car.”
Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton said: “We have allocated approximately €60m for Greenways alone this year as well as over €285m in walking and cycling infrastructure around the country to enable people to safely choose to walk or cycle instead of using the car. The opening of these projects in Kerry today are just some of the many infrastructure schemes we are committed to progressing over the lifetime of the Government.
“These three projects will allow those living in the vicinity to travel for school, work or to local amenities on foot or bike as well as providing an important recreational feature which will support the local tourism offering and foster economic growth in the local area.”
Peter Walsh Chief Executive TII stated: “The Tralee to Fenit Greenway, the N70 Brackaharagh ‘Active Travel’ project and the N69 Listowel to Abbeyfeale Greenway all deliver sustainable active travel transport options for residents and visitors alike, whilst providing a safer environment for all road users.”
Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Francis Flynn said: “The Tralee to Fenit Greenway, the N70 Brackaharagh ‘Active Travel’ project and the N69 Listowel to Abbeyfeale Greenway all deliver sustainable active travel transport options for residents and visitors alike, whilst providing a safer environment for all road users.”
Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell said: “I want to acknowledge the support of the Department of Transport in funding these greenways and I want to thank local landowners and local communities for their cooperation and support. I also thank the staff of Kerry County Council who have worked for so many years to develop these essential amenities.”