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Revamped riverside routes set to open in Derry

By Brendan McDaid

Two new riverside walkway and cycle routes in Londonderry will be opened to the public this weekend.

Almost £1m has been spent revamping the two areas, which link in to the eastern and western ends of the city’s Peace Bridge.

The opening of the Waterside greenway will be celebrated with a special family fun day at St Columb’s Park on Saturday. The route, which has cost over £500,000, runs from the bridge and right through the park.

It has been developed by Sustrans via the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Derry City Council and a host of other organisations.

Meanwhile, the Department for Social Development has confirmed its £400,000 project to transform the former riverfront car parking area in the city centre into a pedestrian zone will be opened on Friday.

Derry City Council has organised a Fresh Air Miles family ride, between 12pm and 1pm on Saturday, to mark the opening of the routes.

Speaking about the Waterside project, Mayor Alderman Maurice Devenney said: “The new greenway is a great way for families to enjoy the local scenery and perhaps explore some areas of the city they haven’t visited before.”

Sustrans’ area manager Ross McGill added: “These new links are going to make a real difference to how people make their everyday journeys.”

Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI chair, said the route would make a real difference in the area.

Speaking about the cityside project, DSD Minisiter Nelson McCausland said the work undertaken “will not only increase footfall to a high quality public area but also provide a direct link for residents and visitors via the Peace Bridge to the Ebrington site and the Waterside greenway”.

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