Councillors To Vote To Progress The Recreational Trail Between Waterford Greenway & Suir Blueway

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Tipperary County councillors are being asked to approve a Section 85 collaboration with Waterford County Council at the July meeting on Monday.

The project relates to a feasibility study for a recreational trail that would connect the Waterford Greenway and the Suir Blueway.

The local authority has been allocated funding for the study by Transport Infrastructure Ireland at a rate of 100% with no cost accruing to the council.

Councillors are expected to approve the agreement which will allow Tipperary County Council and  their appointed Consultants to complete  the Feasibility  Study  in the functional  area of Waterford  City & County  Council.

The Waterford Greenway is used for cycling and hiking/walking.

It features 11 bridges, three viaducts and a 400-metre tunnel and runs between the city of Waterford, Mount Congreve, Kilmeaden, Kilmacthomas, and Dungarvan, and passes along part of the Copper Coast. At 46 km, it is Ireland’s longest greenway.

The Suir Blueway runs for 53km in an east-west direction from Carrick-on-Suir to Cahir via Clonmel.

The route is made up of a walking/ cycling trail for 21km which runs from Carrick-on-Suir to Clonmel and a further 32km of waterway along the River Suir which can be canoed or kayaked.

It is the river-based element of the route that makes it a Blueway rather than a Greenway.

Both projects have been trans-formative in supporting the recreation and tourism sectors in the region.