The Department of Transport has confirmed that further funding of €10 million will be allocated to Cork County Council for the progression of the Midleton to Youghal Greenway project (MY Greenway) according to Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton. This is the largest single allocation under the Department’s recently announced €63.5 million greenways funding package for 2021 and follows on from the initial €8 million allocated for the development of the project in June 2019.
Speaking upon confirmation of the allocation, David Stanton said: “The Department of Transport’s decision to provide additional funding to Cork County Council is very welcome news for all involved in the progression of this much-anticipated project at a time when local recreational and family amenities are more important than ever. Works continue to progress on the development of the MY Greenway, which once completed, will provide a 23km long cycle and walkway along the old disused railway track from Midleton to Youghal through Mogeely and Killeagh.
“I am certain that MY Greenway will provide lasting economic and health benefits and will quickly become a major attraction in East Cork benefitting the whole region. Such an amenity will only serve to strengthen the appeal of East Cork among Irish and foreign visitors while also providing considerable economic opportunities as the project progresses. In addition to the tourism benefits, MY Greenway will also be a huge asset to local people as a safe and attractive local walking and cycling recreational facility.
“The officials in Cork County Council have worked incredibly hard to progress the project to this stage and are to be commended for their commitment which has been further rewarded with increased funding support from the Department. The fact that all local events have been cancelled this year as a result of the pandemic only adds to the air of excitement regarding the benefits that the MY Greenway will bring to the wider East Cork area and I am confident that its development will continue to gather pace despite ongoing restrictions”, concluded David Stanton.