Work begins on Newry City Linkages Public Realm Scheme

September 30, 2013

The much anticipated Newry City Linkages Public Realm Scheme has started this week.  The major refurbishing works will see the appearance of Newry Canal transformed forever. The scheme will comprise the replacement of the existing canal boundary wall with a new decorative maritime railing and the removal of car parking spaces to facilitate the provision of a new wider granite paved/kerbed pathway. New decorative street lighting, street furniture, tree planting and public art is also proposed as part of the scheme.

The scheme begins in Sugar Island and will then move in sections towards the Albert Basin, with an expected completion date of June 2014.

Members of the public attended last week’s public meeting in Newry Town Hall along with representatives from Newry Maritime Association, Inland Waterways Association, local council officials and members of the Newry business community, to see the project outlined by the contractor and consultants who welcomed questions from all present.

One issue that still remains for several local business people is the loss of Car Parking Spaces along Merchants Quay and Buttercrane Quay and the need for provision of Free Parking Spaces elsewhere in the city to replace them.

Following the meeting, the Inlands Waterways Association for Newry and Portadown said their requests to utilise the city canal will be realised with the introduction of mooring points and the provision of electricity and water.

This major Public Realm investment comes on the back of last year’s environmental improvements to Monaghan Street and part of Hill Street and represents a significant investment in Newry’s Waterfront as highlighted within the Newry City Centre Master-plan.