The Mayor of the city has welcomed the news that work on the new Bay Road to Boomhall Greenway is set to begin as part of the City’s Active Travel Programme funded by the Department for Regional Development.
Mayor of the city, Kevin Campbell, said the investment is welcomed to extend the existing city wide greenway network, the use of which is benefiting all the citizens of the city.
“Derry City Council put forward proposals to create new traffic free greenways to enhance accessibility between schools, businesses, parks and residential areas to make cycling and walking within the city an attractive option for everyone, while promoting healthy living and social wellbeing. This scheme will complement the success of other Greenway projects which have been tremendous in enhancing cycling and walking opportunities for everyone.”
Confirming the plans John Kelpie, Strategic Director Derry City Council, said: “The appointed contractor Lagan Construction Ltd will commence works on the site this week and will have the works substantially complete by March 2013. This project will endeavour to open up increased city wide access provision and offer a direct link from the Culmore Road to the Peace Bridge and beyond”.
Dr Willie Burke, Council’s Access Officer said “The delivery of the schemes identified in the City’s Active Travel Programme over the next three years will be a massive step towards completing the traffic-free greenway network on both sides of the Foyle. We’ve already seen what a positive effect new routes and the Peace Bridge have had on walking and cycling in the city. Once completed, the Bay Road to Boomhall Greenway will not only increase the number of people getting around by foot and bike but it will also provide opportunities to expand the network in the future.”
Department for Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy said: “It is exciting to see construction beginning on the Council’s Active Travel scheme. This project demonstrates my Departments commitment to promoting walking and cycling as realistic and healthy alternative means of transport, particularly for people making short journeys in urban areas.”
Waterside Greenway is supported by the Department for Regional Development and Derry City Council. For more information on the proposed route to find out more about Londonderry Access Plan http://www.derrycity.gov.uk/access/home.