Closing Date for submissions - 21st January 2021
As part of Limerick City and County Council’s investment in the Great Southern Greenway Limerick (GSGL) an Expressions of Interest (EOI) process has been launched to attract private sector Tour Operators who specialise in bike hire with shuttle service incorporated, to provide an international standard of cycle tourism infrastructure along the 40km Greenway from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale.
About the Greenway
The Great Southern Greenway Limerick (GSGL) is a 40km Greenway located along the former Great Southern and Western Railway Limerick to Tralee line. It traverses West Limerick from the Kerry border, 3km North West of Abbeyfeale, through the three key market towns of Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West and Rathkeale. The Greenway also takes in the villages of Templeglantine and Ardagh, home of the Ardagh chalice. The Barnagh Tunnel is located on Barnagh Hill, just off the N21 along the Abbeyfeale to Newcastle West section of the Greenway and close to the village of Templeglantine. The Greenway also forms part of the EuroVelo 1 Route, which runs along the Western Coast of Europe from Scandinavia to Portugal.
Future Plans for Greenway Expansion
Under the National Greenways Programme, Kerry County Council has been awarded funding to develop a new stretch to the Great Southern Greenway: (i) 10.5km trail to connect from the County Limerick border to Listowel bringing the Greenway from Rathkeale to Listowel to 53km; and (ii) to develop the Greenway linking Fenit (at the coast) to Tralee (10km). These sections sections will open in late 2021. Kerry County Council are also proposing to develop the Greenway link from Listowel to Tralee in the future.
What We Are Offering
The GSGL will open in Summer 2021 and Limerick City and County Council in addition to the investment and resurfacing works, are currently delivering the following work programme as part of the destination development of the Greenway:
- Discovery and Experience Points: establishment of trail heads, discovery points, areas of special interest and immersive experiences
- Orientation and Wayfinding: Directional signage, informative information panels, milestones
- Cycling Infrastructure: to include e-bike chargers, water-points, bicycle stands, seating, bike repair points
- Destination branding
- Marketing campaign to include a national launch in 2021
In addition to the above and under licence agreement subject to terms and conditions, the successful applicant will benefit from Limerick City and County Council owned sites/ facilities and ‘shop front’ infrastructure in Rathkeale, Ardagh and Newcastlewest at prime locations along the Greenway.
The EOI Process
The EOI will be a two phase process seeking innovative proposals that will complement and enhance the cycle tourism experience of the greenway in accordance with set criteria.
Phase One: EOI for the purpose of prequalification
Phase Two: Strategic Business Development and Implementation Plan
Who Should Apply
The EOI process is open to the following category of business:
- Tour operators who specialise in bike hire with bike shuttle service incorporated. Proposals should enhance the cycle visitor experience by servicing the entire 40Km route from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale with a minimum of a stop off point at Newcastle West. Tour operators should have a focus on increasing domestic and international tourism through partnerships with local hospitality businesses.
Criteria for Phase One
- Applicants must be able to provide the information required in the below form demonstrating professionalism, experience and understanding of the business opportunity presented.
- Applicants must be in a position to furnish the documents listed in Section 6 of the form upon request by Limerick City and County Council to do so.
- All applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to provide the following services:
- Bike hire points at Rathkeale, Newcastlewest and Abbeyfeale
- Shuttle bus pick up points at Rathkeale, Newcastlewest and Abbeyfeale
- Can demonstrate ability to trade into Listowel (Kerry County Council Administrative area)
- Shuttle bus service along the route for customers (this can be in partnership with a shuttle bus provider or as part of the overall service delivery. Any proposed partnerships/ consortiums must be in place at the time of submitting the EOI)
- Be able to cater for families, individuals and groups
- Be able to meet the policy of inclusion for the Greenway and provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to engage in activities provided.
- The following service is considered desirable: refreshment provision either in partnership with local business or as part of overall service delivery (e.g. tea and coffee stand, snack food)
Applicants must demonstrate their ability to meet the criteria outlined above in order to be invited to Phase Two.
All queries about this Expression of Interest Process should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.