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Our vision

                             

This project has been supported by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

In 2015 Derry City & Strabane District Council (DCSDC) in partnership with Transport NI (TNI), Donegal County Council (DCC) and SustransNI, formally established the Active & Sustainable Travel Forum (ASTF).

The Forum’s North West Greenways Action Plan

The Forum’s plan forms the basis of a strategic and co-ordinated strategy for the development of a network of greenways throughout the North West. To date approximately 80km of traffic-free routes have been delivered, including 30km classed as greenway. The partnership’s strategic vision is set within the context of the North West Greenway Action Plan:

“To develop a cross border network of greenways that link people with places locally, regionally and nationally- bringing social, economic & environmental wellbeing to all.”

About the North West Greenway Project

Spring 2019 – new project brochure available to download

In December 2016 Derry and Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council, the Department for Infrastructure (NI) and Sustrans (the UK-based cycling and walking charity), were awarded €14.8 million funding from the EU’s INTERREG VA programme, administered by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), to construct 46.5kms of cross-border greenway. Match-funding has been provided by the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland.

These routes link Derry to Buncrana via Bridgend; Muff to Derry via Culmore; and Lifford to Strabane. Once completed, these new routes will link in to an existing high quality greenway network of 30km called the Derry~Londonderry Urban Greenway Network. This includes the Foyle Valley Greenway and the Waterside Greenway, plus shared path routes within the council area. (Routes 1 and 2 will link in to the existing urban greenway network, while route 1 will be incorporated into EuroVelo 1.)

Our objectives

 

·         To construct 46.5kms of greenway and cycling/walking routes

·         Encourage a minimum of 500 people to cycle or walk to school, work or college by 2022

·         Reduce carbon dioxide emissions entering our atmosphere by over 300 carbon tonnes per year by 2023

·         Encourage more people to walk and cycle as part of their daily routine

·         Invest in the wider economic and social infrastructure in the North West Region

In December 2016 Derry and Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council, the Department for Infrastructure (NI) and Sustrans (the UK-based cycling and walking charity), were awarded €14.8 million funding from the EU’s INTERREG VA programme, administered by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), to construct 46.5kms of cross-border greenway. Match-funding has been provided by the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland.

These routes link Derry to Buncrana via Bridgend; Muff to Derry via Culmore; and Lifford to Strabane. Once completed, this will result in a greenway network of approximately 126.5km in the North West, of which 76.5km will be classified as high quality greenway.

Our objectives

  • To construct 46.5kms of greenway and cycling/walking routes
  • Encourage a minimum of 500 people to cycle or walk to school, work or college by 2022
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions entering our atmosphere by over 300 carbon tonnes per annum by 2023
  • Encourage more people to walk and cycle as part of their daily routine
  • Invest in the wider economic and social infrastructure in the North West Region