The path will eventually connect to the Strathfoyle greenway. SDLP MLA Mark Durkan asked the Minister what work was taking place in ‘the long-neglected Strathfoyle and Maydown area, where, for the past few weeks, contractors have been busy.’
The Minister said: “The shared-use path will be a continuation and extension of the council’s Strathfoyle greenway and Waterside greenway projects, which provide a shared footway/cycleway from the Peace Bridge to Stradowen Drive.
“Phase 1 of the Strathfoyle shared-use path will provide new 3-metre-wide off-road facilities for walking and cycling on the Temple Road at Clonmeen Drive and Haw Road. Phase 1 started in the autumn of 2020 and is substantially complete.
“Phase 2 involves upgrading and widening the existing substandard footway on the Maydown Road from the Haw Road junction to the police station.”
The Minister said this ensures that no carriageway-crossing movements are required for walking and cycling, creating a safer road environment for all road users.
“Phase 2 is under way, and I am pleased to say that it is expected that it will be complete by the summer. It is expected that a resurfacing scheme will be undertaken alongside that project.”