New traffic free network for Derry

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Derry is to get a traffic free network to promote cycling and walking around the city.

A new footbridge will also be built in Strabane as part of the Department of Regional Development’s Active Travel Demonstration Projects.

In Derry 3KM of new traffic free greenways to promote accessibility between key transport hubs and population centres, schools, businesses and residential areas will cost £1,348,000.

Strabane’s footbridge, part of a £870,000 investment, comes as part of a 2.4 kms network of cycle and pedestrian paths.

Minister Danny Kennedy said:”“My Department is committed to helping rebalance our transport infrastructure and promote walking and cycling as realistic and healthy alternative means of transport, particularly for people making short journeys in urban areas.

“I am very grateful to all the councils who responded and put so much effort into their submissions. I congratulate the four successful councils and I am confident that their particular schemes will inspire all of us to consider how we travel and the effects our choices have on the environment.”

More details in Friday’s ‘Derry Journal’