Cork County Council is to vote next week on plans for a greenway route in the county.
The local authority is seeking PART 8 planning permission from councillors for the development of a 23km east Cork route along the former railway line between Midleton and Youghal.
However, the Green Party says it would prefer to see the rail service reinstituted and a separate Greenway built.
But Cork County Council says that any development would allow for the re-instatement of the railway if the line became viable in the future.
Over 300 submissions have been received by the local authority following a public consultation last Autumn.
The council says it would be its intention to seek monies from the Government’s €53m greenway fund, and to lease the line from Irish Rail, if the go-ahead is given.
The railway line between Midleton and Youghal opened in 1860 with regular passenger services until 1963. A popular summer Sunday service to the seaside town of Youghal ran until 1987, but all rail traffic ceased in 1988.
Greenway routes like Waterford’s Deise have proven very popular with over 250,000 people using it in its first year.
Last September, Kerry County Council announced plans to CPO lands in order to push ahead with its proposal for a 32km route from Glenbeigh to Reenard in south Kerry.