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'Greenway' traffic-free routes across Northern Ireland set for £75,000 cash boost

Three specially designated traffic-free 'Greenway' routes across Northern Ireland are set to receive a major cash boost.

The three local councils responsible for the Comber to Newtownards Greenway, the Greenisland Greenway, and the Carryduff Greenway will all receive £25,000 for further developing the open-air spaces that give members of the public an opportunity to walk or cycle.

On the Comber to Newtownards Greenway, the proposed development will see the route extended into Comber town centre by following the Enler Comber Rivers on approach to Strangford Lough.

On the Greenisland Greenway the development would develop a 2.7km traffic-free path between Monkstown and Greenisland.

The Carryduff Greenway could potentially use the £25,000 for further developing links to the north of the town.

A strategic plan for Greenways across Northern Ireland was launched last year, with the ambition of developing a 1,000km network.

Speaking about the new investment, Andrew Grieve from the Department of Infrastructure 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."

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