Way cleared for revival of disused rail line as 'green way'
on 10/09/2012 00:00:00
It will be the first step in bringing back to life a 12km line closed by the Government in 1934.
Over the decades, there had been a number of attempts to restore the Tralee-Fenit line as a public amenity.
Long term, there are plans to link the line all the way to Listowel to join with the Limerick green way for a comprehensive traffic-free cycle path.
Funding is now being sought for the first phase of the development.
Despite the unanimous support of councillors, there had also been some resistance.
The opposition included claims of adverse possession or squatter's rights along with fears any reopening could lead to anti-social behaviour.
The vast majority of submissions for the first part were favourable, clearing the way for the redevelopment of the first 1.5km, which will allow access from the heart of Tralee town to the Mounthawk area - where Kerry's biggest second-level school is located.
As well as an amenity, the green way will allow safe passage for students cycling to school, its supporters said. Eventually, the green way will stretch through lush countryside, and spectacular mountain and seaside views to the port of Fenit.