A major step has been taken in the advancement of the Midleton to Youghal Greenway this week with the publication of the Part 8 Planning Application which will enable Cork County Council advance this development.
The project involves the development of a high quality, linear Greenway on the route of the disused railway line between Midleton Train Station and the former Youghal Railway Station. The project involves the development of the abandoned railway line as a cycle and pedestrian route linking the towns of Midleton and Youghal, connecting to the villages of Mogeely and Killeagh. This Greenway presents an opportunity to develop a safe environment for both residents and visitors and to promote rural development in the area, active tourism and local employment.
The chosen route is ideally suited due to favourable topography and gentle gradient which will appeal to leisure walkers and cyclists while providing a safe and attractive facility for all abilities. The Midleton to Youghal Greenway will be approximately 23km in length and developed to national standards, with a maximum width of up to 4m.
Speaking of the development, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy recognised the importance of this greenway as an addition to tourism facilities in Cork, “The Midleton to Youghal Greenway will strengthen the attractiveness of East Cork in general as well as Youghal and Midleton in particular."
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey noted the importance of amenities such as greenways in terms of attracting tourists and also in supporting the local economy, “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 Midleton to Youghal 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 over this varied habitat which already contains a number of bird hides.
The development of a greenway along the disused railway line will serve to maintain and protect the integrity of the railway corridor and allow of its reuse should its viability for rail use become feasible at a future date.
In the interim the proposal to develop a greenway will generate economic, community and environmental benefits for the local community and the wider East Cork area. As such the proposed development of the greenway would not prohibit the long-term strategic aim to re-open the rail route.
Mr. Seán O’Callaghan, S/Director of Services, Cork County Council stated that further information on the Midleton to Youghal Greenway is available at Cork County Council headquarters in County Hall and at the East Cork Municipal District Offices in Youghal and Midleton. Submissions will be accepted up to 30th October 2018 in writing addressed to Part 8 Midleton to Youghal Greenway Submissions, Cork County Council, East Cork Municipal District, Youghal or online here.