Cycling and walking route plan agreed ‘in principle’

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Plans are being developed for the creation of a walking and cycling route between Greenisland and Monkstown.

The council has agreed ‘in principle’ to set up a partnership with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to develop a cycling and walking route along the disused railway line between the two areas.

Any project to develop the route requires a partnership between the two local authorities, and Mid and East Antrim has indicated that it will fund the necessary feasibility study.

According to Northern Ireland Greenways, development of a ‘Monkstown Greenisland Greenway’ is a “golden opportunity” for the local area.

The organisation’s website - nigreenways.com - says: “The ‘Back Line’ between Monkstown and Greenisland has been dormant for over 50 years, yet the land is still in public ownership. Developing a new 2.7km traffic-free path could provide great options for locals trips without the car, and build upon the success of the recently opened Newtownabbey Way.”

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