"Pedestrian bridge perseverance pays off"-Sinn Féin
Published: 4 April, 2014
Strabane town Sinn Féin councillors says that despite many set-backs perseverance has paid off with the announcement that work to construct the Strabane Community Pedestrian Bridge is to commence this summer with a due completion date in summer 2015.
A statement from town councillors Karina Carlin, Jay Mc Cauley and Brian Mc Mahon said,
"The delivery of the pedestrian bridge to develop a vital link between our communities on the East Bank and Ballycolman sides of the town has been a priority project for our party stretching back to the previous mandate of Council. Given a number of set-backs, including the withdrawal of previous funding streams, it was entirely understandable that many people were questioning if it would ever happen.
However, we persevered to ensure that it's delivery remained a Council priority and we would take this opportunity to applaud all the major body of work Council officials and staff have undertaken to get the necessary funding and processes make this long-awaited project to fruition. This bridge will not only be a great practical asset for all of us who walk or cycle cross over and back the Mourne each day and given that it will link in with new walking and cycling routes (which will be funded by DRD Active Travel) it will provide greater incentives for us to get out of our cars and encourage more walking and cycling in a safe and attractive setting.