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NI ‘greenway’ strategy takes off as 1,000km network approved

Words: Roger Milne

Infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard has given the green light for 1,000 kilometres (km) of ‘greenways’, as part of a government strategy to develop a network of greenway paths across the north of the country, including cross border connections.

The paths, for use by walkers, runners and cyclists young and old, will be traffic free and many will utilise disused railways, riverside paths, abandoned canal towpaths or flood embankments, reinventing them for use for generations to come.

Hazzard said: “This plan is the pathway to help deliver those opportunities for people across the north, focusing on the development of a 400km primary and 600km secondary greenways network that walkers, runners and cyclists can share.

The greenway paths will connect towns and cities to the villages and countryside from east to west and north to south. They will also be integrated with other modes of transport, making it easier for people to leave the car behind.

“Many of the proposed schemes are located on disused railways, riverside paths, abandoned canal towpaths or flood embankments. This will breathe new life in to this redundant infrastructure” Hazzard insisted.

He has also announced the local councils who have secured funding to support and develop greenway projects in their area, under a small grants competition.

More information about the routes and funding can be found here (pdf).

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