PLANS for Strabane’s first pedestrian bridge looks to be back on following an £873,000 cash boost from Stormont’s Regional Development Department.
Minister Danny Kennedy announced this morning that Strabane had been successful in securing the money from the Active Travel Demonstration Fund.
The move has been warmly welcomed and almost certainly guarantees that the long-talked about project will now go ahead.
Speaking earlier today, Council’s Chief Executive Danny McSorley said, ““This is very positive news for Strabane District Council. This crucial funding is an indication of the government’s confidence in the validity of the Strabane Bridges Project. Council said that we would complete this project and we are working tirelessly to secure the support of other funders to enable it to happen. With the support of the other funders this bridge will improve access to key services within Strabane and increase safety levels for pedestrians crossing the River Mourne.”
Chairman of Strabane Town Forum Brian McMahon added, “I also am delighted that Council was successful in this funding bid. It will create an attractive route that will encourage more walking and cycling on local journeys. The proposed bridge will open up Strabane town centre and remove the physical divide between the town centre and our residential areas, schools, sport and leisure facilities and churches.”