Department announces funding package for Waterside Greenway Network

Date published: 17 May 2018

£951,000 is to be invested in delivering new pedestrian and cycle paths in the Waterside area of Derry~Londonderry.

The Ebrington Greenway and Clooney Greenway are to receive over £658,000 from the Department for Communities and £293,000 from Derry City and Strabane District Council to extend the existing network.

The Ebrington Greenway project will link the new Multi Modal Transport Hub to the existing Waterside Greenway network while the Clooney Greenway will connect communities in the Waterside as well as, parents and children to the new Ebrington Primary School and Foyle College campus.

Damian Mulholland, Director of the Department for Communities North West Development Office: “The Department’s investment in these two Greenways will significantly enhance the Greenway Network creating a safe and accessible route for cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy. I am delighted the Department has been able to provide funding to enhance the already impressive Greenway Network, transform derelict lands and connect communities.”

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Maoliosa McHugh has welcomed the investment from the Department for Communities for the provision of new pedestrian and cycle paths at Clooney and Ebrington.  Welcoming the announcement the Mayor said: “This is another example of successful partnership working between the Department and Council to create enhanced greenway provision in the Waterside and provide enhanced accessibility, and additional walking and cycling opportunities for the entire community across the City and District. This is very positive news and is in keeping with the Council’s objectives set out in its Strategic Growth Plan to invest in greenways and to provide facilities to connect communities and improve the local environment in terms of health and well-being.”

Construction works for both projects are expected to commence later this year and complete in 2019.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Ebrington Greenway is an element of the redevelopment of the former Waterside Railway Station into a North West Multi Modal Transport Hub, a project being led by Translink. This investment will mean the Ebrington Greenway will commence at the Multi Modal Transport Hub and continue adjacent to the railway line, providing approximately 500 metres of pedestrian and cycle path to link with the existing Waterside Greenway infrastructure at the Peace Bridge. The works will include removal of existing vegetation, drainage, boundary works, path construction and the installation of street lighting. Although the funding is being provided through Derry City and Strabane District Council, the work will be delivered through Translink’s Contractor for the Multi Modal Transport Hub.
  2. Derry City and Strabane District Council will deliver the Clooney Greenway transforming currently derelict lands into high quality, publicly accessible green space. The works will provide 940 metres of asphalt greenway with lighting, landscaping and fencing throughout to provide screening to adjoining residential housing.
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