Community South Armagh

Sinn Féin propose Active Travel Masterplan- Ó Muirí

Sinn Féin Group Leader in Council Barra Ó Muirí has given a warm welcome to the Active Travel Masterplan agreed at Monday’s meeting of the Active and Healthy Communities at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

A visionary document, the master plan has proposed ways to improve opportunities for cycling and walking in the district including potential improvements to infrastructure. It follows on from Stakeholder engagement, public consultation, work with local elected representatives and funding from the COVID-19 Recovery Revitalisation Plan.

Cllr Ó Muirí proposed the Masterplan at Monday’s meeting and explained how the plan would not only increase opportunities for cyclists and pedestrians, but also how it would improve safety for children coming and going to our local schools.

The Masterplan includes recommendations for Newtownhamilton and Crossmaglen, such as the installation of Pedestrian crossings at our schools and on busy parts of our streets, the improvement of junctions at the Square in both towns and a proposal to introduce Modal Filters which would limit through-journeys along certain streets at certain times of the day. This, in particular, would be a game-changer for the residents of Dungormley Estate in Newtown who have campaigned for such a change for decades.

Walking routes which have been proposed will lead to a more active community and should have an immediate benefit to the health and well-being of all our residents. It is now incumbent upon all community groups, political parties and residents to support these proposals and campaign for their implementation. Sinn Féin will certainly lead the charge.


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