Greenway is progressing slowly but surely

A section of the proposed greenway where the Great Southern and Western Railway operated a branch line from Farranfore to service the transatlantic cable station at Valentia Harbour for 67 years.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

It will take approximately two and a half years for the main contractor, once appointed, to complete the work required on the construction of the South Kerry Greenway, Kerry County Council has confirmed.

This scheme is being advanced in accordance with the requirements of the recently published infrastructure guidelines which have replaced the public spending code since the start of the year.

This project is being constructed using a procurement strategy to best meet the complexities along the route.

Cllr Michael Cahill: Raised the matter

Raising the matter at a meeting of Kerry County Council this Monday, Cllr Michael Cahill was told that consultants have been appointed to prepare the tender documents for the mid-section of the project, between Mountain Stage and Kells PO, which contains the most complex and challenging elements.

Documents will be submitted to Transport Infrastructure Ireland, meanwhile, to seek approval for the main construction contract to proceed to tender.

At the post-tender stage, the final business case will be submitted as part of the deliverables required to secure approval.

Council officials said it is envisaged that following the tender process and subject to the necessary approvals, a main contractor will be appointed to undertake a contract of approximately two and a half years in duration.

Meanwhile, the land acquisition process is underway and a number of advance work contracts are under construction.

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