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Roads Service complete new section of Comber Greenway

Friday, 5 October 2007

The latest section of the Comber Greenway, a traffic-free cycle and walking route being constructed between Belfast and Comber, has recently been completed.  The new section is a 1.5mile stretch between Castlereagh and Dundonald.

Eastern Division's Roads Manager, mr Tom McCourt said: “The opening of another section of the Comber Greenway is good news for walkers and cyclists, and I am pleased to see so many already using the route. Until last year, the greenway had been in place from Belfast to Sandown Road, when sections were completed linking the path at Sandown Road to Abbey Road, Castlereagh. Sections from Abbey Road to Comber Road, Dundonald, have recently been completed.”

The Project is being jointly promoted by Roads Service and Sustrans with funding from several other bodies including DARD, EHS, DCAL, Better Belfast and associated councils.  It is aimed at giving the public recreational and sustainable transport options.  The scheme is expected to be completed as far as Comber by September 2008.

Claire Pollock, Lough and Land Programme Manager, Sustrans, said:  “The latest stretch of the Comber Greenway extends into the Dundonald area.  It includes an area of wetland and offers local people the opportunity for safe and pleasant recreational walking and cycling and extends the traffic free commuting route into Belfast City Centre.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. When complete the Comber Greenway will be around 8 miles long.
  2. The Comber Greenway is co-ordinated by Sustrans as part of the Lough and Land Programme and will put in place the infrastructure to help develop sustainable tourism activities in County Down. The main element of this programme is the extension of the National Cycle Network in the region.
  3. Sustrans is the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity. Its vision is a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment. It is achieving this through innovative but practical solutions to the UK’s transport challenges.
  4. Media queries to:  Michaela Smyth, Press Office, Department for Regional Development, Tel 028 9054 0887. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.