Niall Healy, Director of Services, Roads and Transportation with Cork County Council; Loraine Lynch, Divisional Manager West Cork, Cork County Council; Maoyr of the County of Cork Cllr Frank O’Flynn and; John Shalloe, Director, RPS consulting engineers, signing the contract. Photo: Colm Lougheed

Potential for city to Clon greenway

West Cork is a step closer to having a greenway.

It comes as Cork County Council recently announced a significant milestone in its development with the signing of a €2.8 million with RPS Consulting Engineers who will be the technical advisors to examine further sections of the greenway.

They will look at a 40km stretch of the greenway which includes Crossbarry to Bandon, Bandon to Clonakilty and another section to Timoleague. The contract will take the project from Phase One Concept and Feasibility through to Phase 4 Statutory Process.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Frank O’Flynn welcomed the appointment of consultants to the project: “Funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the €2.8 million contract offers an opportunity to develop a plan for safe, scenic, off-road routes that will connect communities with a convenient and enjoyable means of travel. As we work to progress the greenway network in Cork County, we are presented with an opportunity to improve our community’s wellbeing, while further boosting our rich and varied tourism offering.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Valerie O’Sullivan, said: “Subject to approvals and funding, the proposed West Cork Greenway has the potential to connect with the proposed Cork to Kinsale Greenway which could ultimately provide a greenway route from Cork city right through to Clonakilty in the heart of West Cork.”

She concluded that the initial feedback from the public consultations has been “very positive and we look forward to further engaging with stakeholders in the respective study areas over the coming months.”