Public urged to have their say on Derry-Buncrana cycle/walk link

The new greenway route will link Derry to Buncrana.
The new greenway route will link Derry to Buncrana.

Plans to create a dedicated cycling and walking route linking Derry to Buncrana have moved up a gear.

Two public consultation days are being held for the public to review route corridor options for the Derry to Buncrana section of greenway.

These events will take place on Tuesday, June 26, in the Lough Swilly Yacht Club, Station Road, Fahan, and on Wednesday, June 27, in Templemore Sports Complex, Buncrana Road, Derry. Both events will run from 2pm to 8pm each day.

They come hard on the heels of successful public events on the Derry–Muff section of the North West Greenway Network,

Both Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council are seeking the public’s views on a series of route options being appraised for the proposed greenway linking Derry to Buncrana - with a spur to Newtowncunningham.

The Buncrana to Derry section is known as Route 1 and is one of three routes being developed as part of the North West Greenway Network.

The third route links Strabane to Lifford via Lifford Bridge.

On completion, the three routes will deliver 46.5 km of new cross-border greenway that will help reduce carbon emissions by encouraging commuters to leave their cars at home.

This €18 million project is part-funded under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Ronan Gallagher, of the North West Greenway Network, said: “Almost 300 people attended last month’s consultation events in Culmore and Muff and the feedback was fantastic. Everyone we spoke to wants to see these routes developed.

“We’re hoping more people will attend the events in Fahan and Derry as this section of the project is by far the largest stretch of greenway to be developed.”

Programme manager Jonathan Henderson added: “The public consultation events provide a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about the overall project and to input into the route selection process. We would strongly encourage everybody to get involved, particularly those who live in Buncrana, Fahan, Tooban, Burnfoot, Bridgend, Newtowncunningham and Derry and feed into the process as much as possible and contribute to shaping development in their region.”

For those who are unable to attend the public consultation events, there are other platforms in which to get involved and have your say: log on to www.nwgreenway.com or email: nwgreenway@donegalcoco.ie; Twitter @nwgreenway and Facebook @nwgreenway.