Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council said they are jointly seeking views on a series of route options being appraised for a proposed greenway linking Derry to Muff.
The councils are aiming that the greenway route will seek to enhance the links between communities on both sides of the border, and provide for increased travel by bicycle or on foot instead of completing journeys by car.
The councils said that public consultation days are being held in order to enable the public to review presented route corridor options and to provide formal feedback on Wednesday 23 May in Hollybush Primary School, Ardan Road, Culmore from 2 to 8pm and on Thursday 24 May in Muff Community Hall, Muff, Co. Donegal from 2 to 8pm.
The project is to be developed as part of the North West Greenway Network.
“The Muff to Derry section is known as Route 2 and is one of three routes being developed as part of the North West Greenway Network. 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. The €18 million project is part-funded under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB),” a joint statement said.
Jonathan Henderson, programme manager for the North West Greenway Network said: “These 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 and feed into the process as much as possible in order to contribute to shaping and informing development in their region”.
“For those who are unable to attend the public consultation events, you can also have your say by engaging on Twitter @nwgreenway and Facebook @nwgreenway. You can also share your views by email to email@example.com.”
The councils said that Derry City & Strabane District Council in partnership with Donegal County Council, Department for Infrastructure NI (DfI) and Sustrans were awarded European Union INTERREG VA funding to construct sections of greenway.
Match-funding has been provided by the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland.
Here’s the planned North West Greenway Network routes:
· Route 1: Derry via Pennyburn and Bridgend border crossing to Buncrana/Letterkenny via Tooban junction – 32.5km (this includes linking Inch Nature Reserve to Newtowncunnigham)
· Route 2: Muff village to Derry via Culmore and Muff border crossing and Culmore – 10.5km
· Route 3: Strabane to Lifford via Lifford Bridge – 3.5km
Derry to Muff study area: