Greater than half one million journeys have been taken on the Royal Canal Greenway in its first yr of operation.
New analysis from Waterways Eire has discovered that greater than 640,000 journeys have been taken on the Royal Canal Greenway because it opened in March 2021.
The 130km amenity crosses Kildare, Meath, Westmeath, and Longford and is a joint initiative between Waterways Eire and the native authorities in these areas. It’s the longest greenway in Eire, working from Maynooth, Co Kildare to Clondra, Co Longford. It value €12m to ship.
Roughly 22km of the greenway is about in county Meath, with entry factors at Enfield, Longwood and Hill of Down.
A former towpath for barges, the Royal Canal Greenway options 90 bridges, 33 locks, 17 harbours and 4 aqueducts. Greenway customers can select to finish the complete 130km flat, off-road path in a single go to or to discover the shorter designated routes between the 14 connecting entry factors and cities. These vary from 6km to 15km.
Waterways Eire appointed Tracsis in 2021 to undertake a validation train on the information from bodily counters in place alongside the Greenway and to undertake a shopper survey. The analysis discovered that the amenity has returned a dividend of €17.2million to the enterprise neighborhood in its first yr of operation, returning the funding within the undertaking in eight months. The financial dividend was primarily based on a weighted common customer spend of €27.
The analysis additionally discovered that throughout the 4 counties concerned, 17 new companies have opened and 13 companies have confirmed that they’ve pivoted or expanded their enterprise to offer for Greenway prospects.
Commenting, chief government of Waterways Eire, John McDonagh stated: “We’re delighted that the Royal Canal Greenway has been an excellent success in its first yr.
We acknowledge the dedication of our companions in Longford, Kildare, Meath and Westmeath county councils in delivering this greenway and that of native communities and companies, which have helped to make it a hit by creating new vacationer and leisure alternatives. We look ahead to welcoming extra home and worldwide guests within the coming years.”
Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Councillor Sean Drew added: “Over the previous yr the Royal Canal Greenway has served as a haven for therefore many who’re getting out and getting lively. I might encourage these taken with biking and strolling on this stunning countryside to come back and go to and expertise it first-hand. The Greenway is a useful useful resource, offering for the individuals of Meath and past for years to come back.”