Green light for new Cockhill Bridge

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Three million euro has been secured to construct a new bridge at Cockhill in Buncrana, Minister of State Joe McHugh has today announced.

The Fine Gael TD today said he was “delighted” to announce the funding has now been confirmed for the long-awaited project.

A previous protest in which local people on  the Crana Bridge, Buncrana demanded a new footbridge is built. DER4214MC071

A previous protest in which local people on the Crana Bridge, Buncrana demanded a new footbridge is built. DER4214MC071

Following a review of the situation at Cockhill, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD has agreed to provide the full support needed for the project.

Within the report submitted to the Dept, the plan outlined in detail provision for a new road bridge to be located south of the existing Cockhill Bridge as part of the outer relief road.

It is expected that once the new bridge is complete, the existing bridge would most likely become redundant for motor vehicles and could be used as a pedestrian/ cycle route to access local amenities in Cockhill.

“Cockhill Bridge has been a health and safety issue for local residents and those who have to use the bridge for more years than it ever should have been,” Mr McHugh said.

“The significance of this project cannot be underestimated. This new bridge opens up North and North West Inishowen – where there have been major developments from a tourism perspective.”