Tralee Canal walk set for a revamp

Work marks start of major €2.2 million green transport plan for the town

The Canal Walkway between Tralee and Blennerville
The Canal Walkway between Tralee and Blennerville

Simon Brouder

A major revamp of the Canal Walkway between Tralee and Blennerville is to get underway on Monday next, April 11.

Upgrading works on the popular amenity route will include the resurfacing of the walkway along the canal to create a shared cycleway and walkway with new public lighting and landscaping works being provided by Kerry County Council.

The work is the first stage of an overall €2.2m investment in infrastructure in Tralee aimed at encouraging people to change their habits when it comes to transport and to make use of walkways and cycleways around the town for travel purposes.

The Canal Walkway works are expected to take up to 12 weeks to complete, and during this time the existing walkway will be closed to the public,

Kerry County Council has apologised in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Mayor of Tralee Cllr Tom McEllistrim welcomed the start of work.

"This is part of an overall investment for the town to improve transport infrastructure and encouraging a change in transport habits," he said.

"Similar works undertaken on the former railway line between Rock Street and Mounthawk have substantially improved facilities for the people of Tralee and visitors to the town, attracting an increasing number of users, in particular young families, who benefit from the safer environment," said Cllr McEllistrim.

Council management said it hopes that this initiative and others like it will "encourage increased usage of smarter and safer travel, which will reduce the dependency on the car thus creating a safer and more sustainable environment for future generations in the capital town."

The project is co-funded by Kerry County Council and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.