Government must move up a gear in Active Travel investment

Original Government Greenway Strategy in 2016

North Down Alliance Assembly Member, Andrew Muir MLA has raised the need for progress over the establishment of Greenways and other Active Travel measures across North Down after the Infrastructure Minister confirmed just £22,500 will be spent in the constituency during the current financial year. 

Commenting on the issue Mr Muir said “The Northern Ireland Government Greenway Strategy was launched in November 2016 and aims to create 1,000 kilometres of routes along former railway lines, inland waterway paths and other ways to link the Northern Ireland in a new traffic-free network. As we seek to build back a better and more sustainable future from the awful COVID-19 pandemic it’s vital government delivers upon their commitments in creating routes which enable active travel and healthy lifestyles developed in full collaboration and consultation with local people. 

A number of projects have been funded to date but sadly North Down remains at back of the queue with the Infrastructure Minister confirming that the paltry sum of just £22,500 has been set aside for North Down in the current financial year. The Department for Infrastructure must seriously redouble efforts to assist local Councils to deliver Greenways Infrastructure across Northern Ireland which protects of the natural environment and enables safe sharing of paths. 

I will soon be meeting with Ards and North Down Borough Council Officers to discuss what can be done to help progress Greenway plans already in development and will continue to urge the Minister for Infrastructure to moves things up a gear putting the wheels in motion towards greater investment in Active Travel and Greenway Infrastructure across North Down. With many people re-thinking their transport options it’s essential we make cycling and walking as accessible as possible in the future."