Project delay sees calls from councillors to get route around New Ross to open early next year, ahead of grand opening of full route to Waterford
New Ross councillors and officials are pushing for the urban section of the South East Greenway to open early next year, ahead of the opening of the New Ross to Waterford route later that year.
During a Special Projects presentation at Wednesday’s New Ross Municipal District meeting, Brian Galvin gave an update on the €16m project.
Mr Galvin said the urban sections at Rosbercon and Ferrybank and the route from Raheen to Glenmore are progressing at pace with the Rosbercon and Raheen sections due to be completed within a fortnight.
Surfacing works will continue on the urban routes which are expected to be completed by the end of February.
Landowner agreements on the accommodation works are progressing and it is planned that the detailed design on the New Ross to Mount Elliott and Ferrybank to Aylwardstown sections will be finalised by the end of February and construction tenders will be advertised shortly thereafter. The revised expected date for the full completion of the Greenway is now late 2023.
Cllr Anthony Connick asked Mr Galvin if the urban New Ross 6km looped route will be opened to the public first or if the plan was to open the greenway all at once.
“”The intention is that once we have a continuous loop we will open it. There are sections of the greenway where it will be necessary to provide access for the building of other sections like car parks. Then it won’t be possible to open on a segmented basis,” said Mr Galvin.
He said if parking is available, the New Ross looped section will, in all likelihood, open first.
Cllr Pat Barden said: “It will be great for the local people of New Ross and district to get out on it and then they can appreciate what has been done for the local area.”
Cllr John Fleming said: “I would be totally surprise if we don’t open the urban area first as there could be some issues on the Waterford/Kilkenny side.”
Mr Galvin said: “We have to maintain access for segments that haven’t started yet. That may constrain us as to when we can open the entire (urban) section.”