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Newry, Mourne and Down Council has made a submission to the Department for Infrastructure in relation to several greenway and actice travel projects connected to Newry and other parts of the district, mostly around the Newcastle/ Castlewellan/ Ballynahinch area.

Nine project concept routes are included with two involving Newry City and council submitted their potential project concepts to DFI at the end of August.

Entitled 'Newry City Connection GW' Although details are scarce, it is thought that this project could connect the Newry Canal Towpath through the city to the Carlingford Lough Greenway for cyclists and walkers, something that and Newry 2020 have been campaigning for.

The second Newry related route is titled 'Rostrevor to Warrenpoint to Newry - Active Travel Route' Again with no other information available this hopefully could see a route linking the three areas with a safe route for cyclists. At present walking or cycling from Rostrevor to Warrenpoint certainly does not feel an enjoyable pursuit.

The DFI issued a call in July and August to local Coucils for greenway and active travel projects following the announcement of a further £20M of capital funding. Projects can be supported up to 50% of eligible costs. Small scale active travel infrastructure projects such as bike repair stations or cycle parking are also mentioned and these may be supported for 100% of eligible costs.

List of Routes submitted for consideration to DFI

Downpatrick to Ballyduggan GW

Ballyduggan to Newcastle GW

Maghera to Newcastle - ACtive Travel Route

Ballynahinch to Montalto BW

Bann Road Castlewellan Park and Share

Newry City Connection GW

Quiole to Grove BW

Tipperary Wood Newcastle - Active Travel Route

Rostrevor to Warrenpoint to Newry - Active Travel Route

The report to the ERT meeting on Monday says that greenway projects could potentially receive capital grant funding this financial year 2021/22. It adds "It could be in respect of a project where construction is programmed to begin during this financial year or a project to which the council is committed and preliminary work and /or design work is to be undertaken during this financial year."

The information appears 'for noting' on the agenda of this Monday night's Enterprise, Regeneration and Tourism Committee meeting.

Check out LINK-NEWRY-CANAL-TOWPATH-WITH-GREENWAY for's suggested route to link the two paths through Newry City.

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