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£2.6m plan to breathe new life into disused Lanyon tunnel network

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 11/11/2016

Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Kathleen McCarthy, Community Regeneration Officer MDA, Junior Ministers Megan Fearon and Alastair Ross and Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston at the Lanyon Tunnels
Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Kathleen McCarthy, Community Regeneration Officer MDA, Junior Ministers Megan Fearon and Alastair Ross and Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston at the Lanyon Tunnels

A network of derelict tunnels near Belfast city centre is to be given a new lease life as part of a major regeneration project.

The eight Lanyon Tunnels, which run under East Bridge Street, are to be developed into childcare facilities, commercial premises and one will be used to link the Markets area with the city centre.

Belfast City Council has pledged half of the £2.6million needed for the project, with the Executive matching the funding.

During a visit to the site, Junior Minister Megan Fearon said the development would bring economic and employment opportunities.

The tunnels were originally used by cattle traders as holding pens for cattle on their way to the slaughterhouse but have not been used for more than 70 years.

They weave their way between the Markets area, connecting Belfast Central Station, St George's Market, the former Maysfield Leisure Centre site and Lanyon Place.

DUP Junior Minister, Alastair Ross said: "The regeneration of the Lanyon Tunnels provides a great opportunity to create a real change for the better in an area of social and economic disadvantage."

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