44km cycleway to be developed in Carlow/Kilkenny

A 44-KILOMETRE on-road cycling route is to be developed through Kilkenny and Carlow along the old N9 road, which is now the R448.

A 44-KILOMETRE on-road cycling route is to be developed through Kilkenny and Carlow along the old N9 road, which is now the R448.

The cycleway is part of a national scheme by the Government whereby €7 million euro is to be invested by local authorities to build 334 kilometres of cycleways across the country, according to Deputy Ann Phelan.

The route is due to be developed from Carlow to Paulstown along the R448 and then into County Kilkenny. And while the cycleway will use an existing road, the level of vehicular traffic on the road has been greatly reduced since the M9 motorway opened, Deputy Phelan noted.

“This will be of benefit to the counties of Carlow and Kilkenny,” the Labour Party deputy said. “Overall the investment is worth €463,500, and not only will it create a more cycle-friendly culture in both counties, but it will have its knock-on effects in areas like tourism – and there will also be a positive healthy aspect to its construction.”

Fellow Labour Party member Cllr Michael O’Brien said such cycleways have been developed in the Australian city of Perth, and that in County Kilkenny “the intention is to seek a further grant to extend it to Waterford in due course.”