Brooks secures cross-party support for Greenway plans

Alliance Councillor Tara Brooks has secured cross-party support to start preliminary investigations into creating a Blackstaff Greenway.

If successful, the move will create a traffic free route from Finaghy through the city centre.

The South Belfast representative said the “possibilities where endless” when it came to delivering on the project.

She added: “Greenways are magic, promoting active lifestyles and helping to keep the population healthy. They reduce traffic congestion and pollution, help build communities and give children safe spaces free of cars.

“There are great possibilities in Belfast to deliver spaces for all the community to enjoy. The proposed Blackstaff Greenway would provide a way that people could access the Royal hospital and join up to other Greenways to get to the city centre safely on a traffic free route from Finaghy.

“The connection to the train station at Adelaide would connect it to the rail network and to the Lisburn Road. There is an existing link from the Lisburn Road through Adelaide station to the Boucher estate, but it is not attractive – it goes through industrial back lands, is not well used and does not feel safe.

“This Greenway has the potential to expand and link into existing Greenways, promote a modal shift of traffic into the Boucher estate, and provide a much needed respite from the grey industrial landscape.”