Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, has said the development of a new greenway/cycle route between Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir could bring as much as 40 jobs to the local economy.
Minister Kelly was speaking as he announced the development of a €2.1 million greenway that will run for 20 kilometres along the river Suir towpath linking the towns of Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel.
Greenways, which are specifically developed cycling routes, are popular tourist attractions as well as providing a local family amenity. They can provide a major boost to local tourism and the funding committed for the river Suir greenway formed part of Government’s €200 million stimulus package - €10 of which is going towards projects such as this.
Minister Kelly believes it will provide a major tourism boost to South Tipperary and could bring as much as 40 jobs to the local economy between construction and tourism opportunities.
“South Tipperary is synonymous with cycling because of Sean Kelly. Now the towns of Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir will be linked by a single greenway along the Suir. It will create a safe cycling experience, will be ideal for family cycles and passes the Merck plant offering workers a way of connecting to either town by bike.
“From previous experience we would say that approximately twenty jobs will be created during construction with another twenty jobs coming to the local economy from investment in greenways.”