Newry extension of Carlingford/Omeath Greenway launched

June 19, 2017

Plans to connect Newry to Carlingford with a 10km extension of the existing Carlingford/Omeath Greenway were unveiled to the public on Friday last.

The €3.46 million EU funded project is being led by Louth County Council, working in collaboration with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and East Border Region Ltd. and the new stretch will build on the recently completed and already popular Carlingford Marina to Omeath Greenway.

Funding for the project is being provided by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The chairman of Louth County Council, Cllr Paul Bell expressed delight to be working with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and East Border Region on the project, which he says, when completed, will see commuters and tourists alike able to travel from Carlingford to Newry on foot or by bike on a scenic, safe and traffic-free route.

“At the moment, just 2.7 per cent of cross-border commuters travel to work or education by bike or on foot. The Interreg programme aims to increase this to 10 per cent by 2023 and we, at Louth County Council, look forward to playing our part in achieving this,” he said.

An associated cross-border Greenway Activity Programme is to be developed under the themes of sustainable transport, active travel, healthy living and social cohesion and it is anticipated that up to 1,500 people will participate in this.

Businesses that employ significant numbers of cross-border workers, as well as education institutions will be encouraged to promote the use of the greenway for their commute.

Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Roisin Mulgrew paid tribute to the staff in each partner organisation for their foresight and commitment in developing this genuinely cross border project and in securing a significant amount of EU funding for its implementation.

“I wish them well in the construction phase, and I look forward to returning in the future to see the finished greenway which will greatly enhance our cross border region,” she said.

Welcoming the project Chief Executive Officer of the SEUPB, Gina McIntyre said the scheme represents one of the core objectives of the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme which is to promote environmentally friendly cross-border sustainable mobility. “Upon completion it will encourage more people to leave their cars at the door, and make their journeys either on foot or by bicycle. All of these small steps will help to reduce carbon emissions and connect people to places in a more eco-friendly way that will help protect the environment now and in the future,” she said.

This route will form part of the Great Eastern Greenway, which once completed, will provide a traffic-free link from Carlingford, Co Louth to Portadown, Co Armagh.