Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee today approved plans for the proposed Bay Road bridge and greenway project.
The project forms part of the North West Greenway Network project which is funded through the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
It will deliver 46.5km of cross-border greenway in the North West.
The project will see a new walking and cycling bridge facility developed across an inlet near Fort George, as well as a new greenway link which will run alongside the riverfront before connecting to Bay Road Park Local Nature Reserve, via Bay road.
This is a key milestone for this exciting project which will physically bridge a long standing gap in Derry’s Quay Trail.
Welcoming the news of the planning approval, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Sandra Duffy said:
“This project has been in the planning stages for a number of years now and I’m delighted that Council’s Planning Committee has today granted planning approval to enable the project to progress to the technical design and build stages.
“This project is a key component of Council’s Inclusive Strategic Growth and Green Infrastructure Plans and will facilitate both active travel and leisure journeys to the benefit of people’s health and wellbeing across our City and District.”
Subject to the preparation of technical designs and the tender process to appoint a contractor works are on course to commence later in 2023, with the facility opening to the public in 2024.