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Velorail Project

Example of Velorail in operation.

The Velorail Project involves the running of pedal powered carriages on the closed railway line. It is the innovative brainchild of IRD Kiltimagh CLG and Kiltimagh Tourism Assiciation and part of a long standing ambition to make use of the local resource which is the closed Railway line. The last train ran on this line about 1975 and it is our ambition that this line will contribute to the local economy and future generations of Kiltimagh people, which is somewhat itonic, given that the railway carried so many people from the area, many never to return.

Brief History:

Representatives of both organisations and Mayo County Council met with then Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar in 2013, to request the use of just over 12 kilometres of the line in total, about 6 kilometres either side of Kiltimagh Station. The Minister referred the representatives to CIE / Irish Rail. Subsequently, CIE / Irish Rail granted a licence to Mayo County Council to use this section of the former railway for the purpose of the Velorail project.

Minister Michael Ring TD has granted nearly €300,000 to the project through Mayo County Council and this money has enabled us to clear the overgrowth from the line and replace the damaged or missing sections of track.
The next step is the procurement of the pedal powered carts and once this stage is completed, we expect to have the project up and running very promptly.



Potential:

The velorail is a unique and highly innovative project. It cannot be replicated in many other areas due to the lack of the closed railway line. It does not compete with other tourism amenties, rather it complements them and for this reason, we believe that when up and running to capacity, our Velorail project could bring up to 30,000 visitors per year to Kiltimagh, supporting  local businesses, particularly those in the hospitality industry, supporting existing jobs and creating new jobs.

All in all, this project, the first of its type in Ireland or the UK, represents a great opportunity to create a future for future generations of Kiltimagh people, in their own area.


 

IRD CEO, Joe Kelly detailed the highly innovative Velorail project to Tommy Marren of MidWest Radio on 27th February 2017. Listen here.