The Carlingford Lough Greenway comprises the creation of 10.1 km of new cross-border Greenway, linking Newry City in Northern Ireland to Carlingford in Ireland. The new stretch will link with the previously completed Portadown Newry element resulting in a total length of 52km of cross border Greenway along the East coast of the island of Ireland. The project construction is to be completed by December 2019 and is part financed by the European Union's INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
The Carlingford Lough Cross Border Greenway will be developed against the majestic backdrop of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains, linking communities along the west side of Carlingford Lough from Carlingford to Newry. The Greenway will build on the recently completed and already popular Omeath to Carlingford Marina Greenway providing a world class cross border green travel route running parallel to the R173 Road Newry Dundalk Link Road.
The peninsula extends for approximately 25 km from Newry City through Omeath and Carlingford to Greenore. The peninsula's community and the community of Newry are constrained by vehicular free limited public spaces. The cross-border road is narrow and uncompromising for cyclists. Therefore the challenge is to reduce the number of vehicles on the cross-border road by offering an attractive active work and travel alternative.
In summary, the Carlingford Lough Greenway Project:
- Involves the construction of a new cross-border route for cycling and walking.
- Creates a safe and attractive active travel cross-border route from Carlingford to Newry for commuters and others.
- Engages Louth County Council and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council in an exciting collaborative project that establishes a new physical link between jurisdictions.
- Will recruit businesses that employ significant numbers of cross border workers and third level education institutions to utilise the Greenway for cross border commuting.
- Will engage schools and the local population in utilising the Greenway and commuting to work.
- Involves the delivery of a Greenway Activity Programme that will encourage and facilitate people to cycle/walk and promote behavioural change to reduce their carbon emissions.
- Meets the local and regional strategies in terms of tourism and healthy and active living.