Updated: 02/03/17 : 05:24:57
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Sligo to Athenry greenway online petition underway

Close to 1,600 people have signed an online petition calling for a greenway to be created along the disused railway line between Athenry and Collooney in Sligo.

The railway line,
pictured, has been closed for over 40 years and is currently in disrepair.

According to the Galway Independent the petition, which aims to reach 2,500 signatures, states that “There is very little hope it will ever be opened as a railway again” but that people along the route in small towns and villages in the West of Ireland want to see something happen.

“They have seen the success that greenways on old railways can achieve, a new facility re-inventing the closed railway will bring civic pride to these towns and villages, creating a public space to enjoy. It will also create many jobs in tourism, a proven fact as greenways the world over attract tourists,” the petition reads.

The petition will be submitted to the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross and to Sligo County Council and Galway County Council.

The petition is available online on change.org