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Council backs railway cycle path

Thursday, 22 June 2017

REOPENING the Ballymoney to Ballycastle railway line to walkers and cyclists will attract tourists and increase physical activity among locals.
That was the message from consultants hired by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to assess the feasibility of creating a 'greenway' along the 15 miles of abandoned track.
Speaking to members of the council's Leisure and Development Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 13, Tim Robinson of AECOM said a similar scheme in the west of Ireland had provided a 2.8m economic boost.
He added that greenways in general usually prompted a rise in physical activity among locals and he said that commuters, over time, could be persuaded to use the route to travel in and out of Ballymoney and Ballycastle.
“I do think there would be a regeneration and tourism benefits. It's likely to generate a possible uptake for walkers and cyclists and particularly in terms of leisure," he said.
The railway closed in 1950 and in places, all traces have disappeared, said Tim Robinson.
Work would be required to refurbish bridges and tunnels and some sections, particularly between Dervock and Ballymoney, would need rebuilt altogether. The total cost is estimated at around 4.97m with annual maintenance costs of around 32,000.
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