The ARUP planning and consultancy group have been appointed by Irish Rail to prepare a study of coastal erosion in Wicklow before plans to develop a greenway between Wicklow Town and Greystones can begin.
ARUP were announced as the consultants by Wicklow County Council on September 3rd.
Some of the firm’s previous work includes developing Apple Park, the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc. in California, Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London, and the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin.
Fianna Fáil TD Stephen Donnelly has welcomed the news that Wicklow’s coastal-erosion is finally being studied.
Donnelly said “The coastal protections work have been brought up with me repeatedly by residents in Arklow and Wicklow Town. On the back of this I met with Minister Moran, and he agreed to come to Wicklow with the OPW to see what was needed. It was agreed that the first step would need to be an extensive study of coastal erosion needs. This will then be used to identify the best solutions and apply for what could be very significant State funding.”
“At the same time, a fantastic group from the Wicklow Town Team has been pushing for an ambitious greenway project to run from Greystones to Wicklow Town, and possibly beyond,” he continued “Again, this coast projection study is a crucial part of this process.”
“Great credit too must go to Wicklow County Council – they have engaged strongly with central government on this, and have of course recently appointed consultants to look in detail at a Greystones to Wicklow Town greenway. The county will be well served by the needed coastal protections and more and more high-quality greenways.”
A Change.org petition to secure funding for the coastal greenway has also reached over 10,800 signatures.
Some of the ARUP’s work on Wicklow’s coast will include the examination of erosion and climate change effects within the area in accordance with the OPW requirements, and to propose engineering solutions to minimise or mitigate erosion effects along that area.