Jim Higgins MEP is calling on the government to pedal tourism right through the North West constituency with their latest initiative.
He commented: “The first ever cross-country cycle route has been proposed to enable cyclists to travel from Dublin to Galway, taking them off-road through some very scenic parts of the north west. I want to ensure the route is designed to drive that tourism traffic through the Longford, Roscommon and Mullingar areas in particular.
“This cycle route is inspired by the very successful Great Western Greenway in Mayo. The Mayo Greenway was completed in 2011, increasing yearly revenue in the area by €2.8 million, due to greater numbers of overseas visitors.
“Designed specifically for cyclists and walkers, a cross-country route will open up another part of the North West to international and domestic tourists and encourage citizens to enjoy more outdoor pursuits in the region. It could also create spin-off industries in the region for accommodation providers, restaurants, bike hire and repair services.”
The government estimates the Dublin-Galway project could reap €15 million per annum for the local economies and is to further examine funding options to bring the scheme to fruition.
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