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North West Greenway Network

The North West Region - comprised of Derry City and Strabane District and North and East Donegal - is home to a rich natural, cultural and built heritage landscape, and some of the island’s highest quality, natural scenery. Situated on the Northern Ireland - Republic of Ireland jurisdictional border, the area is heavily reliant on cross-border movement of both people and goods, with about 325,000 cross-border vehicle journeys made per week (Department for Infrastructure telemetric data 2016).

In December 2016 Derry and Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council, the Department for Infrastructure (NI) and Sustrans were awarded €14.8 million funding from the EU’s INTERREG VA programme to construct 46.5 km’s of cross-border greenway by December 2021.

What is a Greenway?

Greenways are recognised for their multi-functionality as: sustainable travel facilities; green corridors; linear parks and the associated benefits that these functions bring in terms of recreation and leisure, tourism, sustainably connecting people to place and for the environment e.g. carbon dioxide savings.

The project is based on the design, development and delivery of a cross-border greenway across three routes:

• Route 1- Derry to Buncrana (32.5km)

• Route 2- Derry to Muff (10.5km) 

• Route 3- Strabane to Lifford (3.5km)

The partnership envisages that these greenway routes will contribute to socially, economically and environmentally transforming the North West Region, aligned to the sustainable transport objectives of the Draft Programme for Government 2014-2020 and the National Planning Framework: Ireland 2040.

These routes will connect and complement with existing greenways, cycleways and walkways in the North West such as the Derry-Londonderry Urban Greenway Network, Inch Levels and EuroVelo 1.

 

Expected project benefits

Social

Improving people’s physical and mental wellbeing through provision of greenway infrastructure and encouraging people to incorporate active travel into their daily routines.

Environmental

By developing high quality greenway infrastructure along these routes, and encouraging at least 500 people to use developed greenways to commute to work, school or college on a daily basis,we estimate that this will prevent approximately 300 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year.

Economic

Whilst the emphasis of our project is to develop routes to facilitate modal shift, developed greenways will also be a tourism asset and key economic driver, providing a much needed boost to the local economy. This is evidenced in similar greenway projects developed in other parts of the island including: The Great Western Greenway, County Mayo and; Waterford-Dungarvan greenway.

 

Travel behaviour change

In order to encourage more people to walk or cycle on a regular basis, many barriers must be overcome. For example, social: the cost of buying a bike and equipment; physical: lack of appropriate infrastructure; and mental e.g. lack of confidence.

In order to assist workplaces and schools to overcome such obstacles, project partner Sustrans has appointed an Active Travel Officer to engage with schools, colleges and workplaces (trip generators) to offer advice and guidance, and to implement a range of programmes to effect changes in the way people travel, including: bike training; guided walks and an Active Travel Workplace Challenge (https://www.sustrans.org.uk/northern-ireland/workplaces).

 

Progress to date

Project staff complement in place as of January 2018

January 2018 - Dedicated Project Delivery team appointed

The Integrated Consultant Team (McAdams Design Ltd) were appointed in January 2018 to develop route options, prepare detailed designs, secure planning permission and procure construction contracts to deliver the cross- border project.

Project Launch

Held in An Grianán Hotel, Burt on Monday 26th February 2018.

Scheme Assessment Reports and Public Consultation

Stage 1 scheme assessment report published for route 2: Derry - Muff on 23rd May 2018 appraising route corridor options. Public consultation days held for route 2 on 23rd and 24th May 2018 with over 300 members of the public attending (combined).

Public consultation days for route 1: Derry - Buncrana planned for:

Tuesday 26th June 2018, 2pm - 8pm Lough Swilly Yacht Club, Station Road, Fahan, County Donegal

Wednesday 27th June 2018 2pm - 8pm, Templemore Sports Complex, Derry ~ Londonderry.

Route 3: Strabane - Lifford public engagement event will take place in late Summer 2018.

 

Programme Overview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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