Work has started on enhancing the stretch of Waterford Greenway from the edge of the city to the city centre and is expected to be complete in early 2023.

The €6.8 million contract will focus on the greenway between Bilberry and the city centre and is expected to help increase visitor numbers and make this area safer and more comfortable for walkers and cyclists.

The improvement of the 2.1km stretch is also expected to help provide future greenway links to New Ross as well as Rosslare to the east and Tramore to the west.

Mayor of Waterford City and County Joe Kelly said that the Greenway has already "breathed new life" into the area.

"Having recently been recognised as the second-best Greenway in Europe, at the 10th European Greenway Awards, just reinforces what we already know", Mr Kelly said.

"The Waterford Greenway is an amazing amenity and the envy of many cities and countries in Europe," he said, adding that users will be able to extend the journey from Dungarvan right into the heart of Waterford city and, eventually when other greenways are finished, onto Tramore and New Ross.

Further works will include two structural steel boardwalks, boundary treatment featuring a combination of reinforced concrete retaining walls and paving works, including exposed aggregate, limestone/granite slabs and setts.