J3674 : Sustrans pods, Connswater Greenway, Belfast (April 2018)

taken 3 years ago, near to Ballymacarret, Sydenham, Ballyhackamore, Ormeau and Queens Island, Northern Ireland

Sustrans pods, Connswater Greenway, Belfast (April 2018)
Sustrans pods, Connswater Greenway, Belfast (April 2018)
Fence removed and now open. A Sustrans press release (11 October 2017) includes “The Active Travel Hub is the first one in Northern Ireland and will be the base for an EU-funded project that encourages commuters in the East Belfast corridor to try alternatives to the car such as public transport, or cycling and walking along the Comber Greenway.
Cycling and walking charity, Sustrans will be running the CHIPS (Cycle Highways Innovation for Smarter People Transport and Spatial Planning) project from the eye-catching Active Travel Hub off the Newtownards Road. The Hub is situated in EastSide Partnership’s new Pocket Park at 392-400 Newtownards Road. This previously derelict site has been transformed with landscaping, planting, street furniture and three shipping containers for various uses, including the Active Travel Hub.”.
This now completes the record of the Connswater Greenway scheme (unless there’s a surprise planned). Things have changed considerably since (August 2011) J3673 : Rubbish, Connswater, Belfast (March 2012) J3674 : Discarded bicycle, Belfast (April 2013) J3674 : The Connswater Greenway, Belfast (D3-3).

The Google map shows the Connswater, here, as an open river.
The Connswater Greenway, Belfast

A major project involving a neglected river running through east Belfast. Officially described as: “The Connswater Community Greenway is a £32 million investment in East Belfast. The project has been developed by the East Belfast Partnership and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Belfast City Council and the Department for Social Development.
The Connswater Community Greenway will create a 9km [5½ miles] linear park through East Belfast, following the course of the Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers, connecting the open and green spaces and remediating the Connswater River itself. The Greenway will reconnect the communities of East Belfast and restore the rivers as community assets. It will create vibrant, attractive, safe and accessible parkland for leisure, recreation and community events and activities”.

An announcement, on 2 July 2013, included the following “Summer 2013 construction of the first phase of the Connswater Community Greenway Project will begin with work taking place in Orangefield and Victoria Parks. One of the key elements of work in Victoria Park is a new bridge link from Victoria Park to Airport Road”.

An official press release dated 19 August 2014 contains the following: “The final phase of the Connswater Community Greenway will begin later this year and will include; a C.S. Lewis themed public square at Holywood Arches, public art, new play areas, improvements to the rivers, flood defences, lighting, benches, landscaping, planting and 13kms of new paths for walking and cycling.”
This is the link to the official Connswater Greenway website LinkExternal link

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