VISITORS to the Limerick Greenway now have access to a shuttle bus service seven days a week, adding to the network of visitor facilities along the 40km off-road walking and cycling route.
The shuttle runs in a loop every hour from noon to 4pm between hubs at Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale from July to September. Hotel pick-up from locations in between the hubs is also available on request.
Bicycles and buggies can be taken on the bus, allowing users to join the Limerick Greenway at a point that suits them. It costs €10 per adult for the full trip and €5 for half trip; €5 for under-16s for a full trip and €2.50 for a half trip. Children under three go free.
The launch of the shuttle bus services comes as the Limerick Greenway recorded 500,000 visits since it reopening in July of last year, following a €10 million investment by Limerick City and County Council.
Director of Services Gordon Daly said that having bike hire and the shuttle bus running seven days a week is a really positive development for Greenway.
“Accessibility is key to encouraging people to come and experience the beauty of West Limerick, explore the towns and villages along the way and stop off for a coffee or some sight-seeing,” he explained.
“Since its reopening last year, we have seen the amenity linked to the creation of local jobs and the support of local communities. The regular shuttle bus will add to the excellent user experience already in place and visitors will see further improvement works over the coming year.
“We encourage people to try all, or part of, the 40km route, to see just how beautiful and welcoming this part of the country is,” Mr Daly added.
The former Limerick to Kerry railway line has been redeveloped into a route that can be enjoyed by walkers, joggers, wheelchair users and cyclists of all ages and abilities. Its smooth surface makes it easily accessible for anyone looking to enjoy some peaceful time outdoors away from busy roads.
Visitors can pass through the 115 metre Barnagh tunnel and cross the cast-iron Ferguson’s Viaduct, both restored relics of the 19th century train line.
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