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New cross border greenway project will link Carlingford to Newry

New cross border greenway project will link Carlingford to Newry

A new cross border greenway project will be announced tomorrow morning.

The new 10.1km stretch of greenway will help link Carlingford to Newry.

Full details of the €3.46 million project, which is being spearheaded by Louth County Council in collaboaration with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and East Border Region Ltd, will be unveiled at an event in the Granvue Hotel in Omeath on Friday morning.

Funding, which was approved last December, will be provided by the EU under their INTERREG VA Programme.

The new greenway will expand on the existing Carlingford to Omeath route which opened in 2014, continuing from Omeath into Newry City. In total the entire route from Carlingford Lough to Newry will be 19.7km.

Plans for the extension of the route were first submitted in June 2015. The Newry to Omeath greenway will take in lands from the Dublin Road bridge to Victoria Lock through the Albert Basin and the Middlebank in Newry. There will also be pedestrian crossing at the existing weir and Victoria Lock gates.

It is hoped that a Great Northern Greenway can eventually be completed to expand the greenway into Dundalk and further north, with a possibility of linking it to Scotland via Larne.

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