Who are we?
We are just a group of residents of the County of Waterford who see it of paramount importance to preserve and help develop this line for the present and future generations. We have no political affiliations, no hidden agenda and no personal gain in the project. We just want to help in whatever way to see this line being developed as a community amenity for the people of Waterford with the potential of tourism accruing because of its existence.
Where are we at?
Waterford City & County Council obtained a licence from CIE at the start of the century to develop the line as an amenity for the public who it represents. They had developed Stage One of the project which is the line running from Dungarvan to Ballinroad. This has been an unbelievable success.
Work resumed on the full line in early 2015 and is near completion with some parts almost complete and being used by thousands of walkers and cyclists. It is particularly popular with families. The section from Ballinroad (also known as Scartore) to Kilmacthomas has been completed and we are pleased to say that 23 kms of the line from Dungarvan to Kilmacthomas are now open since September 23rd 2016.
Two underpasses and a bridge were required at the N25 national road to reconnect the old railway line and the good news is that the underpasses at McGrath's Cross and Kildermody have now been completed and the wonderful bridge at Kilmacthomas is now in place and in full operation. It will in time become an iconic piece of infrastructure for Greenway users and the thousands who pass under and over it each day.
Also a number of gantry type bridges must be connected to the bridges over the streams flowing into the Suir between Kilmeaden and Bilberry, these will be used to accommodate the Greenway users while the present bridges will facilitate the Kilmeaden Tourist Train. Again the good news is that these have been constructed and are ready to be put in place.
Now there are many opportunities for people along the line to provide many of the services needed with a Greenway such as accommodation, cafes/restaurants, bike hire etc. Waterford Council are actively encouraging people to contact them with business ideas. Maybe you have an idea that you would like to discuss with the council. Richie Walsh of Waterford Council can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org
With many sections of the stretch from Kilmacthomas to Waterford completed but not officially open, the Greenway is nearing completion and we are happy to say that it is looking like a March 2017 official opening of the full 46kms of the Waterford Greenway.
And what's more, the last passenger train on the line finished on the 25th of March 1967.....what are the chances that the official opening will be on the 25th of March 2017? Exactly fifty years to the very day the new will replace the old, the old railway line will have a new lease of life for the hundreds of thousands that will use it.
We so much look forward to that day.