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Greenway work rebooted: Phase 2 of £40m plan to enhance east Belfast area under way

By Linda Stewart

Work has started on the second phase of the mammoth £40 million Connswater Community Greenway project in east Belfast.

Contractor Farrans Construction will be on site at a number of locations across east Belfast from mid-January, according to Belfast City Council.

The first sections to undergo their main works will be the Orangefield Park to Knock Dual Carriageway section, Ladas Drive to Montgomery Road, Connswater Retail Park and Holywood Arches, where the new CS Lewis Plaza is being built.

The remaining sections, which include Beersbridge Road to Elmgrove, Cregagh Glen and Sydenham Bypass to Mersey Street, will follow later in 2015, with all work due to be finished by late 2016.

Households and businesses are being notified in advance about work in their area and Farrans Construction has set up a 24/7 freephone line - 0800 083 8160 - for any construction queries.

Updates on the work will be available on www.communitygreenway.co.uk, on Facebook at /ConnswaterCommunityGreenway or by following @ConnswaterCG on Twitter.

Once complete, the Greenway will stretch from Belfast Lough to the Castlereagh Hills to create 16km of walking and cycling trails and 5km of cleaner, improved rivers, as well as new tourism and heritage trails, landmark public art and the new civic square at Holywood Arches. New play areas will be providedd at Avoniel and Loop River Park.

The flood alleviation works will also provide enhanced flood protection to 1,700 homes and businesses along the course of the Knock, Loop and Connswater Rivers.

Sustrans Northern Ireland director Gordon Clarke said: "This is a great boost for walking and cycling in east Belfast.

"Sustrans welcomes the start of the second phase of the Connswater Community Greenway which will provide 16km of walking and cycling trails. We look forward to its completion."

Factfile

Phase 2 of the Connswater Community Greenway and east Belfast flood alleviation scheme will include:

  • A CS Lewis themed civic square at Holywood Arches.
  • Public art at Holywood Arches and other key gateways.
  • New play areas at Avoniel and Loop River Park.
  • 16km of new paths for walking and cycling.
  • New bridges, crossings and signage.
  • Improvements to the Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers.
  • Flood defences, lighting, benches, landscaping.

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