The wait is finally over!
After years of phased planning and reconstruction, the Cork to Passage West Greenway has finally re-opened to the public today (July 15).
The major works to the greenway have aimed to provide a higher quality trail for pedestrians and cyclists, and the public can now enjoy a wider, safer, and modernised greenway. The new route now has new access ramps, over 2,000 new trees, CCTV cameras and environmentally sensitive public lighting.
The culvert which runs under Skehard Road has been transformed by local street artists working alongside well-known artists from Spain and Brazil, and also now features striking coloured lighting (which means no more scary dark tunnel!)
Conservation works are still on-going at the old Blackrock train station as well as the many historic bridges along the route, which represent some of the finest examples of classic stone-cut bridges in Cork. The footbridge at Blackrock station has been re-installed using the existing abutments, ramps and unused railway platforms.
Works to the historic greenway, which stretches across the 19th Century Blackrock and Passage Railway line, are being carried out for Cork City Council by Ward and Burke Construction and are being funded by the National Transport Authority.