Carlingford Lough Greenway Project to be extended from Newry by late 2020

The current stretch of the Carlingford Lough Greenway in Newry will be extended into Carlingford by late next year.

That’s according to a report on Newry.ie, which expects work to be completed by the end of 2020.

At present the greenway starts at the Albert Basin in Newry and reaches a ‘dead end’ at Victoria Lock. The additional stretch will run along the water’s edge from Victoria Lock to Omeath and across the Newry to Omeath road at the entrance to Carlingford Marina then travelling into the centre of Carlingford.

Doran Consulting gave a presentation this week to councillors at a Dundalk Municipal District meeting detailing the proposal and the timeline for completion of the greenway.

Estimations suggest that design should be complete by second quarter of 2019 with construction completed in fourth quarter of 2020 and a handover taking place in the first quarter of 2021.

When completed, the Carlingford Lough Greenway will provide a world-class cross-border green travel route. The project will extend for approximately 20km from Carlingford to Newry City, providing a commuter and recreational facility for the area. The new 10.1km stretch will build on the popular Carlingford Marina to Omeath Greenway.

Louth County Council is to hold an information event on Tuesday, 19th February 2019 at the Station House, Carlingford, Co Louth as part of a public consultation on the Carlingford Lough Greenway project.

The drop-in event takes place from 12 noon to 8pm and members of the project team will be on hand to talk about the route and plans for the Greenway. They will deliver a presentation on the initiative at 6pm.

The €3.46 million project is funded under the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It is led by Louth County Council, working in collaboration with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and East Border Region Ltd.

Match-funding has been provided by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland and the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland.