Tender issued for first phase of Muff-Derry greenway
Donegal County Council’s Roads & Transportation Directorate has published the tender for the Muff part of the Derry-Muff greenway, it has been confirmed.
The 2.3km section – of an overall 10km route – will be delivered under the auspices of the cross-border North West Greenway Network. Works will include: segregated infrastructure, the widening of existing footpaths on the R238, new and upgraded lighting, landscaping, drainage works and the provision of bicycle parking facilities at Muff Community Park.
Funding has been provided by INTERREG VA, administered by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), with match-funding from the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department for Transport in Ireland. The route is part of 46.5kms being developed by Donegal County Council in conjunction with the lead partner, Derry City & Strabane District Council.
Welcoming the announcement, the Communications Officer for the North West Greenway Network, Rónán Gallagher, said: “This project has been developed over three years and it is fantastic that this tender has now been issued. With a little bit of luck, construction will commence by summer.’
He continued: “Our goal is to encourage modal shift while reducing carbon emissions. This will provide a crucial new artery linking Muff to Derry City as well as a fantastic amenity for people living in the village. It is also a tangible example of how Donegal County Council is encouraging active travel and creating a sustainable future for the people living in the county.”
With work on the Lifford-Strabane section nearing completion and the planning application for the Bridgend to Buncrana section of the Buncrana-Derry greenway due to be lodged later this year, Donegal County Council in conjunction with Derry City & Strabane District Council is taking a significant step to improving cross-border green infrastructure that will encourage modal shift and active travel across the North West Region.
Details on the North West Greenway Network: www.nwgreenway.com.