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 had been an unbelievable success.
Work resumed on the full line in early 2015 and is now complete and is being used by tens of thousands of walkers and cyclists. It is particularly popular with families.
Two underpasses and a bridge were required at the N25 national road to reconnect the old railway line and these 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 were connected to the bridges over the streams/rivers flowing into the Suir between Kilmeaden and Bilberry, these had to be put in place to accommodate the Greenway users while the present bridges will facilitate the Kilmeaden Tourist Train.
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 email@example.com
The last passenger train on the line finished on the 25th of March 1967 and this was the date used by Waterford Council to officially open the Greenway last March. The official opened was performed by Minister Simon Coveney in Kilmacthomas Railway Station with crowds of over ten thousand attending and taking in the carnival day on a beautfiul sunny day in Kilmacthomas.
So our goal was the transformation of the old Railway line from Waterford to Dungarvan into a Greenway. This goal has been achieved. While we were the voluntary community campaign group, it was Waterford Council CEO, Michael Walsh who drove this project to its completion. Its good to have a determined, stubborn man at the top!