Strabane to get new bridge for walkers, bikes

A new pedestrian and cycle bridge is among a number of new regeneration projects on the way for Strabane over the next year.

Strabane District Council has confirmed that plans to invest an estimated £3.5million between now and March 2015 are going ahead.

The funding involves contributions by the Department for Social Development, Department of the Environment, and the Council itself. Key areas for investment include the Strabane Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge and various shop front and dereliction revitalisation projects.

Strabane District Council Chairman Ruairí McHugh said: “These regeneration projects are vitally important for the progression and development of Strabane town and the district.

“They will provide high quality infrastructure and environmental enhancements leading the way for future economic and social regeneration within the area”.

The procurement process for the Strabane Pedestrian Bridge is already underway. Tenders have now been invited from the select list of contractors, with the contract to be awarded by the end of March 2014, and the bridge completed by March 2015.

Plans to develop a safe cycling route linked to the Strabane Pedestrian Bridge have also been put forward.

These projects will be funded in partnership with the Department for Social Development and the Department of Regional Development Active Travel.

Chair of the Strabane Town Forum, Councillor Brian McMahon said: “The Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge in particular will improve access to facilities and services, including the town centre and Melvin sports complex which is currently being upgraded.”

A £2m public realm scheme for the town is also planned.