Blessington E-Greenway Project Board First Meeting 1st November 2019
The Project Board to oversee the development of Blessington E-Greenway held its first meeting on 1stNovember 2019. Michael Nicholson, Margaret Hartnett and Caroline Fox represented Wicklow County Council. Michael Quinlan from ESB and John Horan from Blessington Town Team also attended. Eoin O’Mahony, Regional Director, Transportation with AECOM Ireland Ltd briefed the Board on how work on finalising the detailed design and construction of the new greenway will proceed from here on.
Provision has been made for the completion of the full route of over 40kms and it was confirmed at the meeting that the new E-Greenway will be built in its entirety, including the upgrading of the existing section which links the town of Blessington with the Palladian Mansion at Russborough.
Initial funding for the project of €5million has been granted to the Council through the National and Regional Greenway Strategy Fund and the balance will come from this and other sources as the work progresses. In addition to the undoubted economic benefits which will follow from the influx of tourists and visitors to the area, the new E-Greenway will be used and enjoyed by the local community for decades to come.
The coming months will now be focussed on developing a timeline for the detailed design work and the tendering process and this will be followed by the appointment of the Contractor for the construction