Limerick Greenway will not be affected by N21 Newcastle West Road Scheme

  • Alan and Lisa Ruttle with their children Sarah (10), Emma Noreen (5) and Will (2) at Barnagh on the Limerick Greenway. Photo: Seán Curtin, True Media.
Photo: Sean Curtin, True Media

Limerick City and County Council wishes to allay people’s concerns about the operation of the Limerick Greenway following publication of the preferred option for the N21 Newcastle West Road Scheme. Limerick City and County Council is aware of the concerns expressed by the public in respect to the potential impact the scheme may have on the Limerick Greenway. 

We do not expect the operation of the Limerick Greenway to be interrupted by the presence of the new road as it is planned that the greenway will pass under the road unhindered via two purpose-built underpasses.

The next phase in the development of the road scheme will involve the Council and its consultants progressing the project design further and examining in greater detail the potential impacts on the environs around Newcastle West including the impact on private dwellings, landholdings, businesses and, along with other important features and facilities to be considered, the Limerick Greenway.

We will continue to work to ensure that the impact on the Greenway is mitigated as much as possible with the use of measures such as noise barriers, screen planting, landscaping and any other mitigation measures that might be identified during the ongoing design process.

The Limerick Greenway is 40 kilometres in length following the route of the now defunct Great Southern Railway and connects the market towns of Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale. What is interesting for the visitor to the Limerick Greenway is the varied nature of the surroundings as you travel along the route. Sections of greenway are through farming land, urban areas, woodland as well as running parallel to the existing N21 south east of Newcastle West.

The Limerick Greenway is a hugely important amenity for locals and visitors, the enjoyment of which will not be impacted on by the road.

Details of the Preferred Option for the N21 Newcastle West Road Scheme can be viewed at Limerick City and County Council has invited the public through the public display process, to comment and make observations on any aspects of the proposals presented and we would encourage people to make their views known to us in this regard.

The Public Display is due to close on Tuesday 07 December 2021.

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