The Bonds Hill area of the Waterside is to benefit from a £255,000 public realm scheme, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has said.
The funding from the Department for Communities will see the physical transformation of ageing footways, carriageway and lighting.
The works, which got underway at the end of January, were designed and are being delivered by the Department for Infrastructure and are due to complete by the end of March 2020.
Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey said: “Public realm investment such as this can make such a difference to the community. The improvements will give people who live and work in the area a sense of pride. It will also improve their quality of life by providing a new cycle and pedestrian link to improve connectivity to and from the new Multi Modal Hub.
“This investment is about bringing this area up to the same standard as some of the recently completed works at the Ebrington Greenway. I am sure it will be welcomed by the local community.”
Two heritage lighting columns will be refurbished as part of the upgrade to the lighting. A new cycle lane and pedestrian crossing points along Bonds Hill will provide a quality travel link between the main commercial and residential areas of the Waterside and the new Multi Modal Hub.
Minister for Infrastructure, Nichola Mallon said: “I am committed to delivering sustainable infrastructure that supports economic well-being and improved well-being for all. This includes the development of active and sustainable travel throughout Northern Ireland. Connecting communities and encouraging more active travel, will in turn help to create a cleaner environment and tackle the impact of climate change.
“This scheme which is being delivered by my Department in partnership with the Department for Communities will see the existing footways widened to include dedicated cycle lanes with high quality surfaces and the street lighting in the area will also be enhanced. Crucially it will also link the new Multi Modal Transport Hub with the commercial and residential core of the Waterside area and beyond.”
Notes to editors:
- The scheme will see the upgrade of the carriageway, 9 street lights which will include the refurbishment of two heritage lighting columns, 320m of new cycle path and 2200m of paving upgraded and improved with 8 new crossing points.
- The scheme is being delivered by the Department for Infrastructure.
- The contractor will ensure any potential traffic issues are alleviated with due consideration given to the needs of businesses and pedestrians.
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