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Route 1 - Derry to Buncrana

Route 1 - emerging corridor, sections 1, 2, 4 and 5


With the exception of section 3, a route corridor for the remaining sections of the Derry-Buncrana greenway (with a spur to Newtowncunningham), has now been identified. All relevant information is contained in the following documentation:


Route 1 - preferred route corridor MAP (with exception of FAHAN area)


NWGN - Route 1 - Preferred Route Corridor Selection Report (excluding section 3)


(This report includes Appendix A: List of Design Guidelines and Standards & Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations')


The following appendices accompany the report:


NWGN Route 1 Stage 2 Appendix B - Drawings

NWGN Route 1 Stage 2 Appendix C - Public Feedback

NWGN Route 1 Stage 2 Appendix D - Landscape Assessment

NWGN Route 1 Stage 2 Appendix E - Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

NWGN Route 1 Stage 2 Appendix F - Scoring Summary


The emerging, preferred route for the remaining section - section 3, Inch Levels to Fahan - will be published before summer 2019. In the meantime, regarding the sections where a route corridor has now been identified, the project team will survey ground levels, boundaries and correlate environmental information as part of the final route selection process.



Section 3 - Inch Levels to Fahan - 2019


An additional consultation event was held in Fowler Hall, Tooban, on Thursday 7 February 2019. This event focused solely on the section linking Inch Island to Fahan (known as section 3 on the route options map below in the section called Drawings and Maps 2018). The closing date for posting or emailing feedback to the project team was Friday 1 March 2019. While the route in section 3 has yet to be finalised, the emerging preferred route for the remaining sections (1, 2, 4 and 5) has now been published above.


Map 3a (showing options linking Inch Levels to Fahan)

Map 3b (showing options through Fahan village) 


Some of the crowd in Fowler Hall on Thursday 7 February for the consultation event 


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Project history

In June 2018, as part of the route selection process, two consultation events were held jointly by Derry City & Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council. On Tuesday 26 June, the first event was held in the Lough Swilly Yacht Club, while the following day - Wednesday 27 June - the general public and landowners within the corridor of interest were also able to view plans in Templemore Sports Complex, Derry.


Reports - 2018


Route 1_Constraints Study and Route Options Report


The function of this report is to give an overview of the background to the project, placing it in the context of European, national and local policy guidelines which frame the scheme and the development of greenway infrastructure. The report identifies a study area and describes the constraints, opportunities and areas of interest within the study area that form the selection of a number of 'route corridor options'. Several assessment criteria are defined, with an explanation of how each route corridor is assessed against the relevant criteria.


Drawings and Maps - 2018


Study area, route 1 - Buncrana to Derry

Route corridor options, route 1 - Buncrana to Derry


Within the Route corridor option map above, specific areas have more than one option. The plans below link to specific areas and show them in greater detail:


Section 1 - Bridgend, route 1 Buncrana to Derry

Section 2 - Inch Lake, route 1 Buncrana to Derry


Section 4 - Fahan Marina, route 1 Buncrana to Derry‌‌


Lough Swilly Yacht Club, Fahan. Some of the crowd that attended one of the consultation events for route 1, Derry to Buncrana

Lough Swilly Yacht Club, Fahan. Some of the crowd that attended one of the consultation events for route 1, Derry to Buncrana, which was held in June of this year.



Last updated: 17 April 2019

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