Vesting next in scheme to widen Newtownabbey’s Hydepark Road

The Department for Infrastructure has announced the next steps to widen Newtownabbey’s Hydepark Road as part of campaign to encourage active travel.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 12:51 pm

The project will involve widening of a 250-metre key section of the road to permit a regular bus service, enable circular routing of services and create a new shared footway/cycleway.

The department will be moving forward with the next stage which will see the publication of a Notice of Intention to Make a Vesting Order.

Minister Nichola Mallon said: “I am committed to delivering sustainable infrastructure that will transform communities and improve lives. I want to create more opportunities for people to walk, cycle and use public transport as we know this not only leads to improved physical and mental wellbeing, it also helps tackle the climate crisis.

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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon

“My department is currently progressing the design of a scheme on Hydepark Road to accommodate bus services and provide a shared use path.

“The existing road is less than four metres wide over a length of about 250 metres, has no footway and in its current format is it is not suitable for use by large vehicles. This has meant that significant residential areas between Hightown Road and Mayfield Link Road are not currently served by existing Translink services.

“I have therefore asked for this scheme to be prioritised and my officials will now be moving forward with the vesting process. Subject to successful acquisition of land, I anticipate construction could start by March 2022 with completion by summer of 2022.”

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