Northern Ireland unveils £150m, 1,000km, Greenway network
Department for Infrastructure hopes planned primary network will be 75 per cent complete inside a decade
Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure has unveiled plans for a £150 million network of greenways covering 1,000 kilometres across the country.
The plans for the network, to be built in partnership with Sustrans and AECOM, have been set out in a Strategic Plan presented by Minister for Infrastructure Chris Hazzard.
It will comprise a 400-kilometre primary network with seven individual sections joining many main population centres and tourist attractions.
Those include an East-West route from Larne to Belcoo and North-South route from Derry to Newry which will both include parts of EuroVelo Route 1. There will also be a central section that will link to the Causeway Coast.
Costing an estimated £60 million, the aim is that three quarters of those routes will be completed within the next decade.
At the same time, work will be carried out on parts of the 20 routes comprising a secondary, more local network, budgeted at £90 million and a quarter of which is targeted to be delivered within 10 years.
The Department for Infrastructure said: “The Secondary Network of around 600 kilometres would extend the reach of the Greenway Network more widely.