Clare County Council has announced that works have commenced on the Phase 1 Contract 1 of the West Clare Railway Greenway project, a 42-kilometre cycling and walking route linking Ennis to Lahinch, via Corofin and Ennistymon, along the route of the dismantled West Clare Railway.
Phase One Contract 1 will see the construction of a 3-kilometre cycle and walking track linking Ennis town centre at the Wood Quay Car Park to the townland of Ballymaquiggin, via Mill Road, Circular Road, Lahinch Road, Drumcliffe Road and Active Ennis Sports & Amenity Park Lees Road.
The project will include off-road bi-directional cyclepaths/footpaths via the rededication of existing roadway, crossing the River Fergus at a number of locations on widened paths.
The initial Contract of the project, which is the subject of €192,707 in funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, is expected to take approximately 10 weeks to complete. Wills Bros Limited is undertaking construction works on behalf of Clare County Council.
Phase 4 has already been constructed and links Ennistymon to Lahinch via a 3-metre wide off road cyclepath/footpath with cycle stands and route information boards at three locations.