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How have we got to the stage where officials in Newry, Mourne and Down Council and the Department for Infrastructure state that the ‘preferred’ option for the Southern Relief Road Bridge over Newry Canal is for a fixed bridge (Link Here) when just a few years ago in 2012 a Narrow Water Bridge planning document* stated that they intended to attract 90 vessels a year including tall ships.

A fixed bridge will ruin forever Newry’s chance of having visits by Tall Ships such as the Jeanie Johnston, Soteria, Artemis, Thalassa, Volharding, Johanna Lucretia, La Malouine and many more who have visited in the past.

In the 2012 Louth County Council report it said

Our depiction of how the proposed Southern Relief Road Bridge over Newry Ship Canal would look. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Our depiction of how the proposed Southern Relief Road Bridge over Newry Ship Canal would look. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

"A major design consideration for the Narrow Water Bridge is that it should open to facilitate the passage of marine vessels including tall ships.

"Newry and Mourne District Council have made a significant investment in Victoria Lock in recent years with the intention of attracting up to 90 vessels a year to the Newry Ship Canal and the Albert Basin. In light of this investment, the proposed Narrow Water Bridge should at least be able to accommodate any vessel heading for the Albert Basin"

WHAT HAS CHANGED in 8 Years? 

Half a million was spent on Victoria Lock just 4 years ago, lets use it.

Bring on the 90 vessels we say. What a spectacle that would be ...

 

* Louth County Council Narrow Water Bridge Report

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