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Contractor appointed to deliver new walking and cycling infrastructure in Castlederg

07 July 2020

A project to develop new shared use walking and cycling pathways in Castlederg has reached a significant milestone with the appointment of a contractor.
Derry City and Strabane District Council have appointed AMS LTD to deliver the exciting sustainable travel infrastructure initiative.
The scheme stems from Council's Green Infrastructure Masterplan for Castlederg which was published last year.
It will see existing pathways within Castle Park widened to accommodate cyclists, and an onward, new connecting shared-use walking and cycling path being constructed on grounds in the ownership of St Eugene's GAC, which will result in over 1km of new walking and cycling infrastructure provision.
Funding of £350k has been secured from both Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership under Priority 6 (LEADER) of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020  (£232k) and Council (£120k) to deliver the project and it is anticipated that works will commence onsite later this month, with completion in the Autumn.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian Tierney, welcomed the announcement.
"It is fantastic to see that investment in our walking and cycling infrastructure continues to expand across the District," he said. 
"We have seen a notable rise in the number of people out walking and cycling over the past number of months and, when delivered, this project will facilitate more active travel journeys.
"I am delighted that the people of Castlederg can look forward to more active travel accessibility which can enhance their health and wellbeing, whilst also benefiting the environment through carbon savings." 
Mary Hunter, Chair of the Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership (LAG)who administer Rural Development Funding for the region, added:
"We are delighted that the investment put forward by the LAG for the project is now coming to fruition. 
"This is a much needed investment in transport infrastructure in the rural area which has long since been a problem for the most isolated parts of our City and District. 
"I commend all involved for overseeing the project to this critical stage and I look forward to works getting underway and the opening of the facility to the public later this year."
For more information about Derry City and Strabane District Council's Parks and Greenways network visit derrystrabane.com/greenways.