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Footbridge proposal

Access to Newry Bus Station could be improved if a proposal to introduce a footbridge to Merchant’s Quay is successful. Council representatives will write to the Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy about the proposal which was aired at the July 3 meeting of the Newry City Linkages Public Realm Scheme Steering Group. Should such a proposals be developed it is likely that local maritime groups such as the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) and Newry Maritime Association (NMA) would seek assurances that such a bridge would not further restrict the potential for boat movement on the canal. A successful contractor is expected to be appointed in September for the £2.4m Linkages project which will upgrade the canal bank walkways between Dublin Bridge and Sugar Island. The project will also see the appointment of artists for a public art feature. It has also been agreed that a payment of £161k will be made to Braham Electrical from the Newry City Linkages budget for the advanced purchase of street lighting columns for the public realm scheme.


Newry Reporter

21 August 2013