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Northern Ireland's 'first cycle hub' opened by Lisburn and Castlereagh council

Northern Ireland's "first cycle hub" has been opened by Lisburn and Castlereagh council.

The recently completed works are at the Billy Neill Halt on the junction of the Comber Greenway is part of the National Cycle Network and the entry to the Bill Neill Soccer Centre of Excellence.

This cycle hub provides a repair station which is part of the Council’s wider plan to develop its Billy Neill Soccer Centre of Excellence to include over 5kms of cycle and walking paths, a pump track for cyclists, a purpose built cross-country running course and a 3G floodlit soccer pitch.

A defibrillator has been installed at the Cycle Hub to provide valuable lifesaving assistance to those in need.

There is also a 24-hour access to the only car park adjacent to the Comber Greenway.

Mayor Tim Morrow said: “As a keen cyclist I am delighted to see such an invaluable cycle hub installed in our council area.  This hub provides cyclists with the necessary tools to repair and adjust their bikes if needed as they cycle along the Comber Greenway.

"I hope that all cyclists who use this popular Greenway are pleased with this recent development in the area.”

Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee Alderman James Tinsley, added: “The Council is always looking for ways to improve opportunities for residents to get active.  It is hoped the development of the Billy Neill Halt will encourage cyclists of all abilities to use the 7 mile long traffic free Comber Greenway. 

"As well as providing valuable tools to assist with bicycle repairs the newly installed seating also creates a natural rest area for walkers and cyclists before continuing their journey.

“I would like to thank the Department for Infrastructure and Sustrans for their funding support to this project and their invaluable advice and expertise. I look forward to seeing the Masterplan progress to allow walkers, runners, footballers and cyclists to get maximum benefit from this outdoor council facility in Dundonald.”

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