Work almost complete on final stage of cycle path

Councillor Ken Robinson checks out the final stages of work on the Newtownabbey Way at the junction of the Manse Road and Doagh Road. INNT 36-029-FP
Councillor Ken Robinson checks out the final stages of work on the Newtownabbey Way at the junction of the Manse Road and Doagh Road. INNT 36-029-FP

WORK on the final phase of the Newtownabbey Way walking and cycling route is nearing completion.

Contractors are busy finishing off the last section of the pathway, which when complete will run from Corr’s Corner, into the grounds of the council’s headquarters at Mossley Mill and on through Monkstown and Whiteabbey Glen to Loughshore Park in Jordanstown.

Speaking after checking the progress on the last phase of the work at the junction of the Doagh Road and Manse Road this week, councillor Ken Robinson commented: “The final section of the Newtownabbey Way will run from Nelly’s Dam alongside the Three Mile Water River, go under the Doagh Road bridge and then emerge via a wooden ramp that will bring it up to the level of the Manse Road. At this point pedestrians, cyclists and motorists will need to be aware of the new crossing point and take extra care. The route then continues through mature woodland to emerge at the Mossley Mill site then on to Mossley West station and the final stretch to Corr’s Corner.”

Councillor Robinson, who has been the official champion of the Sustrans-backed scheme since its commencement several years ago added: “A lot of local people and several agencies have been involved in delivering this fantastic facility. It has been a complex venture and I would want to pay tribute to all who have stayed the course as we sought solutions to difficulties along the way. I believe that when the current work is completed it will attract many visitors from across Northern Ireland. As a flagship scheme for Sustrans it has received acclaim in UK terms and Newtownabbey and Northern Ireland should be justly proud of this achievement.

“While the official opening is still some way off, the amount of interest already shown by our citizens indicates that the Newtownabbey Way has already captured their imagination.”

It’s understood that work on the final section of the pathway will be completed within the next couple of weeks, with the official opening of the route scheduled to take place on October 24.