The Wicklow Greenway Project has received a huge boost today with the support of Minister Simon Harris.
The proposed greenway, which will allow for a safe and modern passageway along the coast from Wicklow Town to Greystones, has gained serious momentum as Fine Gael’s Simon Harris has assigned a task force to oversee its development.
Ciarán Lally, the chairperson for the East Coast Greenway Group, has said “We have long stated that the fastest way to see the creation of the long sought after Greenway is through a task force. The fact that the Minister has managed to attract senior members from the OPW, Irish Rail, Failte Ireland, National Parks and Wildlife and the Dept of Transport to work together is very significant.”
“We are aware that this does not guarantee immediate success as a number of obstacles will need to be tackled, however having all of these bodies working together bodes well for the chance of a swift and positive outcome.”
“We applaud Minister Harris for his energy in creating this task force so quickly and we eagerly await the first meeting on the 14th September. We would also like to acknowledge the priority that Mr Curran and his team at Wicklow County Council have placed on this project along with the support we are receiving from Andrew Doyle TD, Stephen Donnelly TD and Pat Casey TD.”
A petition, which asked Wicklow residents if they would agree with the proposed greenway, received over 10,000 signatures.
Ciarán Lally went on to say that “This news follows very quickly from the announcement a few weeks ago from Wicklow County Council that they have appointed the renowned consultants W.S Atkins to look at the feasibility of different route options, and our hard working committee are excited to be working with all parties to move the project along.”
W.S Atkins was the UK’s largest engineering consultancy and world’s 11th largest global design firm in 2016, employing approximately 18,000 staff.