Proposed Buncrana to Derry greenway takes massive step forward

Derry and Strabane District Council seek planning permission to develop northern section of greenway

Sports Complex, Derry

The greenway will be located in the grounds of the Sports Complex, Derry

The greenway planned to link Derry City to Buncrana has taken a step closer to reality.

Derry City and Strabane District Council has lodged a planning application to construct the 3.7km route earmarked for its jurisdiction, and the project team is hopeful of a decision by early 2021.

The proposed route, complimentary to the emerging A2 Buncrana Road design, will begin in the grounds of St Columb’s College, Buncrana Road, Derry, and continue along a segregated corridor through Templemore Sports Complex, connecting onwards to Elagh Business Park where a future planning application will be submitted in the Republic to connect the route onwards to Buncrana.

The planning application for the Northern Ireland section of the route was received by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Service on the 26 June and is now in the early stages of consideration.

Plans for the A2 Buncrana Road will also see the greenway link into a new dedicated shared lane which will bring cyclists and pedestrians safely to the Culmore Road Roundabout, allowing users to link into the Bay Road Park and the dedicated cycle route that takes users into the city centre.

Jonathan Henderson, Programme Manager for the greenway said: “Route 1 of this INTERREG VA-funded project is the longest section, and we are delighted to have submitted the first of the two planning applications for this significant cross-border infrastructure.

"The Derry to Buncrana corridor is already very busy with motorised traffic. We hope this new infrastructure will encourage people to choose an eco-friendly form of travel, one of the core objectives of the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, which will support sustainable transport in Derry, Donegal and Tyrone.”

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