Belfast Telegraph

£75,000 boost to develop three new traffic-free greenway routes

Three new greenway projects are to be developed in Northern Ireland.

The £75,000 investment will cover the Comber to Newtownards, Carryduff and Greenisland routes, the Department for Infrastructure said.

Andrew Grieve, a spokesman for the department, said: "Encouraging greater use of active travel is a Programme for Government aspiration and the development of greenways has an important role to play in achieving this.

"They are a key part of our infrastructure as they provide safe and easy access to fresh air and exercise by encouraging more people to walk or cycle on their everyday journeys on a traffic-free route."

The work would extend the Comber greenway into Comber town centre by following the Enler and Comber Rivers on the approach to Strangford Lough.

It would continue along the shoreline to Island Hill, then into Newtownards, with a total length of 12km.

The greenway at Greenisland will create a 2.7km traffic-free path between Monkstown and Greenisland

The proposed Carryduff greenway travels northwards to Cairnshill park and ride, where it has the potential to link with other routes, giving access to local and regional parks or further sustainable transport routes.

Gordon Clarke, Sustrans Northern Ireland director, said he was eager to see the Government commit more money.

"A lot of work goes into acquiring land and community consultation as Sustrans has experienced throughout the UK.

"We know of the huge benefits for all - environmental, health and economic. These greenways will contribute to the development of the National Cycle Network (NCN), which is Sustrans' vision."

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