Over €14m Funding Secured For North West Greenway Project
Over €14 million funding has been allocated for a cross-border greenway project in the North West.
The North West greenway has secured €14.86m for 46.5kms of routes to connect L'Derry and Strabane with Donegal through development of traffic free routes for walkers, runners and cyclists.
Overall, €3.46m has been offered for a greenway project connecting Newry with Carlingford and €4.95m to enable the creation of a 22km route between Counties Monaghan and Armagh following the route of the disused Ulster Canal.
The funding is from the EU's INTERREG VA Programme.
The Department for Infrastructure has provided match funding alongside the Department for Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland. The overall objective is to increase the number of cross-border journeys made by cycling or walking by up to 10% across the region by 2023.
Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said: "The benefits of developing greenways go well beyond transport. The health, economic, environmental and social impacts help enhance the quality of life for users. This funding demonstrates commitment to further develop sustainable transport options here and on a cross border basis. It will make a real difference to our travel options and contribute to one of our Programme for Government targets of increasing the number of people walking, cycling and using public transport. This all enhances the island of Ireland as a place where people want to live and work, to visit and invest."
Posted date : 21-12-2016
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