Brendan Griffin TD raised the development of a cycle-walk way between Tralee and Fenit in the Dail recently, in reply Minister for Transport Alan Kelly gave his support and confirmed the fund for the project remains in place despite the recent difficulties.
I am fully supportive of the Tralee to Fenit Greenway. Given the project’s potential to contribute to both sustainable transport goals and to local tourism, the funding commitment from my Department remains in place. While the route is primarily a matter for Kerry County Council to progress, I understand that they are experiencing difficulties due to encroachment onto CIE lands. I therefore raised this specific issue with CIE and have communicated the need to ensure such encroachment is addressed.
And for some nostalgia, here is an old Super8 video of the North Kerry
line from ’86. It begins at Adare and follows the line to Tralee and on
to Fenit, it gets to Ballyroe about 5 1/2 mins. in, with views of Ballyroe, the Black Bridge [I think, anyone else have any ideas ?] and Tralee.
It then follows the Fenit line, with views out from Rock Street, across Kilfenora and the Tankard, and then Fenit station.
It is great that we can bring such good news in the first post of the year. Following negotiations CIE have given Kerry County Council the authority to act on their behalf in dealing with the redevelopment of the line and any issues that may arise.
As you may be aware clearance work on the line began in late 2010 but later stalled. These works were required to allow Kerry County Council’s engineers to survey the line in order to prepare plans for the line.
Since then Kerry County Council were awaiting permission from CIE to act on their behalf.
We have been informed that Kerry County Council staff are now progressing plans for the line.
Hopefully it will not be long before we see this amenity come to fruition !