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Current Update

West Clare Railway Greenway Map:
Sections 1-4


What’s Happening Now?

  • Section 1 (Kilrush to Kilkee):  Current PC information

The project is currently progressing through Phase 2 (Option Selection) process which involves the assessment of Route Corridor Options in order to determine a Preferred Route Corridor. Public Consultation 2 was held in September 2022 and together, Clare County Council with the scheme consultants ROD, have taken into account the concerns and comments received from PC2, and have conducted further studies and evaluations on the Route Corridor Options previously outlined.

An options assessment process has been undertaken in line with the Transport Appraisal Framework (Department of Transport), assessing each of the route corridor options under the headings of Accessibility, Social, Land Use, Safety, Climate Change and Local Environment. Every effort has been made to identify the route corridor that maximises the benefits for local communities and supports the potentially affected landowners.  A third non-statutory public consultation is launching on the 15th of March 2024 until the 12th of April 2024 in order to invite feedback on the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor and to inform the public of the option selection process. Following this public consultation, the Phase 2 Options Selection process will conclude with the identification of the Preferred Route Corridor.

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  • Section 2 (Ennis to Ennistymon):  Current PC information

Public Consultation 2 – Potential Route Corridor Options were put on public display between the 10th of February 2023 to the 3rd of March 2023 to gather information and feedback on them from members of the public. These options are currently undergoing a detailed assessment in accordance with the TII Project Manager’s Manual for Greenway Projects, TII Project Appraisal Guidelines and the Department of Transport’s Transport Appraisal Framework. An Emerging Preferred Route Corridor will be published following this process as part of Public Consultation 3.

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  • Section 3 & 4 (Ennistymon to Miltown, & Malbay to Moyasta):  Current PC information

Public Consultation 1 – During Phase 1 (Concept and Feasibility), the project team have defined the study area and are currently identifying potential constraints that may impact the development of a feasible Greenway. They are also looking into key features and opportunities to create a more attractive user experience.

Information provided at the first public consultation event from Friday the 12th of January 2024 to Friday the 2nd of February 2024 and your comments submitted on the Study Area, the constraints identified and any other features/opportunities that the project team should consider will be used to inform the development of options during the next phase of the project. We specifically would like to hear your views on the following:

  • Demand for the project; 

  • Locations, attractions, or facilities in your locality that could benefit the greenway and / or be attractive to Greenway users;

  • Constraints or barriers to a Greenway in your area; and 

  • Any concerns or issues you may have at this stage.

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