Cork County Council has announced a significant milestone in the development of the Cork to Kinsale Greenway with the appointment of consultant, Arup, as technical advisors to oversee the initial design phases of the project from Phase 1 Concept and Feasibility to Phase 4 Statutory Process.
Funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the €2.6million contract offers a significant opportunity to develop a safe, scenic, off-road route that will connect communities between Cork and Kinsale with a convenient and enjoyable means of travel. It will also support broader West Cork greenway plans and will connect with developments such as the Cork City to Viaduct Greenway.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Frank O’Flynn welcomed the commencement of the first stage of the project, “The Cork to Kinsale Greenway further demonstrates our dedication to fostering sustainable transport solutions and enhancing the quality of life for our residents and visitors. On completion, the Greenway will provide a safe and easily accessible corridor for cyclists and pedestrians, while preserving the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region.”
The preliminary phase of the project will go through various stages such as feasibility, route option selection, public consultation and ultimately the statutory process before progressing to construction.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Valerie O’Sullivan, added “In line with the Government’s National Development Plan 2021-2030, Cork County Council is committed to developing our greenway infrastructure. This greenway forms part of a wider connectivity plan that will play a significant role in reducing car dependency and promoting a more sustainable, healthy livelihood for our residents. It will also bring substantial economic benefits to the region by boosting tourism, creating jobs, and promoting local businesses along the route.”
Pictured L-R Cllr. Audrey Buckley, Michael Lynch Divisional Manager, Cork County Council, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Frank O’Flynn, John O’Mahony Director Arup, Cllr Sean O’Donovan, Cllr Alan Coleman, Carol Conway Carrigaline Municipal District Officer, Cllr. Kevin Murphy, Cllr. Marie O’Sullivan, Kevin Morey Divisional Manager Cork County Council, Cllr. John O’Sullivan, Cllr. Gillian Coughlan, Brian Dunne Bandon-Kinsale Municipal District Officer.
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