Cork County Council is set to commence development of the Midleton Youghal Greenway (MY Greenway) in the coming months. The 23km Greenway secured planning approval earlier this year and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport have since awarded funding of €8million.
The Greenway is to be developed on the disused railway line between Midleton and Youghal, incorporating stop-off points at the former stations in the villages of Mogeely and Killeagh. Routed through the scenic agricultural heartland of East Cork with a distinctive character reflecting the natural, cultural and social history of the area the Greenway is set to become an important local amenity and a trip-attracting route for visitors.
The old railway corridor is directly adjoined by a mixture of residential, agricultural, commercial and community property. Letters will issue shortly to the registered land owners of these properties, outlining next steps and requesting contact details to facilitate communication in the roll out of the project.
A walk-through visual survey will be conducted by an Ecologist over the coming weeks to update information. Japanese knotweed identified within the railway property will be treated in accordance with established protocols.
It is planned that site clearance work will be undertaken between November 2019 and February 2020 which will facilitate site investigation. This stage will be followed by detailed design and it is anticipated that construction will start in late spring 2020. It is estimated that the Greenway will take approximately two-and-a-half years to fully complete.
The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan welcomed the plans saying “The Greenway will offer an important boost to tourism across the county and especially for East Cork with Youghal and Midleton likely to benefit from increased visitor numbers and a significant boost to the local economy. It will also be an important recreational amenity for the local community, with all the positive impacts on health and wellbeing that brings. The route takes in Ballvergan Marsh a wonderful opportunity to experience this unique coastal wetland with its spectacular views to Youghal Bay.”
Cork County Council are putting in place a dedicated phone number and email address and regular project updates will be available on www.corkcoco.ie