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Omagh’s new footbridge is part of Riverside Walk scheme

WALKERS will soon be able to go from Omagh town centre to the Strule Shared Education Campus with the completion of phase three of the town’s Riverside Walk.

A new bridge was erected last Sunday morning, September 16, at a cost of £1.1 million. The overall Riverside Walk represents a total funding package of £3.1 million.

The work is expected to be completed by early 2019 and is part of the Sustran’s UK-wide Connect2 initiative.

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This latest development has been welcomed by local Strathroy Community Association official, Mickey Kelly, who says the new bridge will prove popular for the people of Strathroy and others areas of the town.

“We are pleased that the work on phase three of this scheme is now almost complete because there have been so many delays in the past few years,” he said.

“It is absolutely a significant development to see that the bridge has been erected. The new structure will help open-up a link which will enable pedestrians to go from Strathroy right into the town centre along the river.

“A survey was carried out sometime ago on the numbers of people using the walk. The figures were a lot higher than anticipated and indicated the need for this scheme to be finished as soon as possible.

“This is something that the Strathroy Community Association has been working on for a long time, but unfortunately there has been a lot of dragging of heels which has resulted in frustrating delays.

“These have proved concerning for the people of the area and now our hope is that the completion of the Riverside Walk will be followed soon by work to finish the Strathroy Link Road as well.”

The Sustran’S UK-wide Connect2 initiative seeks to transform areas such as Strathroy by encouraging people to commute without reaching for the car keys.

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