Construction work recently started on a cross-border greenway between Muff in the Republic and Derry City in Northern Ireland.
The work which has started is on the Donegal County Council side and is 2.7km in length.
It will link to Derry City via a 7km section planned in Northern Ireland by Derry City & Strabane District Council. Construction on that section is due to start in 2022. It will have direct connections to Holybush Primary School and Thornhill College, catering for 2,000 schoolchildren and teachers.
Donegal County Council said that this is the first section of the EU-funded greenway project to be built in the county, and forms the opening section of the Inishowen greenway, which is a long-term objective of Donegal County Council’s greenway strategy. The project is part-funded by the EU INTERREG VA fund.
Rónán Gallagher, the project communication officer, said: “This is a fantastic day for Inishowen and Donegal in general, and a tangible sign of the Council’s commitment to active travel and encouraging people to interact with their community in a more environmentally-friendly way.”
Gallagher said: “Coupled with the recent work finished on the Muckish Railway Trail at Cresslough to bring it up to greenway standard, these projects are tangible signs of Donegal County Council’s intention to improve cycling and walking facilities across the county.”
He added: “We anticipate that construction will last approximately six months. While there will be a small amount of disruption during this period due to site works, we hope people will bear with us during this phase knowing that the route will be a fantastic piece of infrastructure for young and old alike.”
A spokesperson for the Wee Greenway Initiative said: “This is the first tangible sign that our greenway project is now up and running. With a planning application imminent to An Bord Pleanála for the Derry to Buncrana section, and further plans afoot to continue on from Buncrana to Carndonagh, our greenway vision is now becoming a reality.
The group added: “And make no mistake, the people of Derry and Inishowen want this looped route designed and built within the next 15 years.”