PLANS for Limerick’s latest Greenway have been “critically delayed” after design officers mentioned a brand new route have to be discovered following a “shock” Irish Rail announcement.
In June 2022, the Mid-West Highway Design Workplace appointed consultants to have a look at the feasability of getting a Greenway alongside the Limerick to Rathkeale rail hall.
The plan was to have a shared Greenway both “alongside or adjoining” to the prevailing rail monitor.
“The announcement that Irish Rail deliberate to reopen the road to Foynes took us abruptly. It was a bolt from the blue,” an official from the Mid-West Highway Design Workplace mentioned.
Talking at a gathering of the Adare/Rathkeale Municipal district, he mentioned there are restrictions regarding working a Greenway alongside a stay monitor, corresponding to separation distances.
“The rail hall isn’t as enticing because it was. Again in June, Irish Rail had been nowehere to be seen. We thought, let’s do what we did in Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale by way of a Greenway. The panorama has modified now. We’ve got to look elsewhere,” he mentioned.
The official contemplated whether or not there are some sections the place a possible Greenway might run parallel to the monitor, and acknowledged that non-public land poses “much more restrictions.”
A accomplished report is because of be submitted to Transport Infrastructure Eire (TII), containing proposals on whether or not the plans will be progressed.
“The truth that Irish Rail determined to reopen the road throws us a curveball,” he added.
Cllr Kevin Sheahan (FF) acknowledged that resulting from the truth that the Shannon Estuary is designated as a Tier 1 Harbour, the EU via Brussels had been legally obliged to determine a highway or rail hyperlink.
“The funding got here from Brussels, and this was the situation. How might you not know? This needed to occur. This isn’t the primary time state our bodies have denied one another data,” Cllr Sheahan added.
Cllr Bridie Collins (FF) mentioned there have been guarantees for this Greenway for the final two to 3 years, and that vital cash has been spent.
She requested if a €150,000 grant for a feasability examine to hyperlink the Rathkeale Greenway to Adare is now wasted and if the undertaking is now “at an deadlock.”
“It isn’t wasted. The plan now’s to emphasize take a look at each route hall and there will even be a public session the place we are going to take a look at the issues and a potential route. New consultants will even be appointed for part one,” he mentioned.