Old Youghal railway line to be re-purposed as greenway

THE disused railway line between Youghal and Midleton will be repurposed as a greenway.

A cycle and pedestrian route linking the two towns will be developed which will also connect the villages of Mogeely and Killeagh.

The route will be 23km in length and a planning application for the project has just been published. It will be developed in line with Transport Infrastructure Ireland guidelines that require a width of 4 metres for a greenway.

County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy said the greenway will be an economic boost for east Cork.

“The Midleton to Youghal greenway will strengthen the attractiveness of east Cork in general as well as Youghal and Midleton in particular,” he added.

County Hall chief executive Tim Lucey said it will be of great benefit to locals.

“This greenway will form a fantastic local recreational amenity and form a key feature in promoting a sense of place and pride for its residents.”

The greenway will also traverse an area known as Ballvergan Marsh where it is proposed to create a boardwalk structure over a distance of approximately 2.58km. This will form a wildlife viewing point.

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