New cycleway scheme unveiled
3 February 2012
Plans for a new cycling and walking route, linking the Comber Greenway and the Titanic Quarter, have been unveiled.
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As part of the scheme, an old access road into the former docks area will be re-opened, allowing users to avoid busy roads but enjoy a quick and direct link into Titanic Quarter. Four new crossings will be installed at Kings Road, Beersbridge Road, Dee Street and Sydenham Road, and the Bridge End railway halt also will be upgraded, with improved pedestrian and cycle access. Titanic Quarter is also easily accessible by foot or cycle from the River Lagan pathways.
Details of the scheme – which is being delivered by Sustrans, via the Big Lottery Fund, on behalf of Belfast City Council, DRD Roads Service, Belfast Harbour and Translink – were officially unveiled by the Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile.
The Mayor said: “This is an invaluable project which will greatly enhance access to the Titanic Quarter for the people of east Belfast, and beyond, whether they are going to work there, visit the new Titanic Belfast centre or study here at Belfast Met.
“Belfast City Council is committed not only to opening up the city and making it accessible to all, but also to encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles, through walking and cycling, for example. This scheme – which I am delighted to say is only one of many being developed across the city – fulfils both of those objectives and the council is delighted to support it.”
Steven Patterson, Director of Sustrans Northern Ireland, added: “Local people want to make more of their everyday journeys on foot and by bike – this new route will mean many more will be able to get around actively and safely. The Greenways in Belfast are hugely popular with locals and visitors alike and this new section will complete a strategic link.
“We thank the Mayor for his support and welcome the First and Deputy First Ministers, who have come to see the project for themselves. We hope they will be inspired to go the extra mile with support for cycling and walking routes right across Northern Ireland.”
Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, concluded: “Sustrans was awarded £50m from the Big Lottery Fund`s `Living Landmarks: People`s Millions` competition to create new cycling and walking routes to improve local travel in communities across the United Kingdom.
“One of those routes is the scheme linking the Comber Greenway to the Titanic Quarter and I am delighted that work is beginning on this important project, which will create a safe and traffic-free route for local people.”
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