Exercise - Explore - Enjoy: A Strategic Plan for Greenways

The Minister for Infrastructure is committed to active travel and strongly supports improving health and wellbeing for everyone across the region. In this 25 year Strategic Plan for Greenways the Minister sets out his plans to develop a greenway network right across the north.

The Minister for Infrastructure sets out his plans for a network of greenways, connecting towns and cities to the villages and countryside from east to west and north to south across all eleven councils. It aims to bring back into use much of the disused railway network and give people ready access to a safe traffic-free environment for health, active travel and leisure.

Developing this greenway network will contribute to several Programme for Government outcomes through delivering active travel infrastructure, reducing congestion, improving air quality and providing a safe and accessible recreational resource for more healthy active lifestyles.

The Strategic Plan for Greenways is the first step towards creating a world class greenway network, which will be a welcome investment in rural development and active travel, enhancing opportunities for recreation, leisure and tourism, offering and creating long term employment and business opportunities.

Exercise – Explore – Enjoy: A Strategic Plan for Greenways was published in November 2016.

The plan was developed following consultation with local Councils and other key stakeholders.  It is based upon the report produced by Aecom and Sustrans in July 2016. You can view or download a copy of the report at:


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