Residents invited to name new Belfast bridges and path

The Sam Thompson BridgeThe Sam Thompson Bridge
The Sam Thompson Bridge
The Connswater Community Greenway, in conjunction with Belfast City Council, is offering the public the chance to officially name three bridges in the area and a new pathway.

The new pathway that extends from Orangefield Park to Braniel will open in May, following the completion of the bridges in Orangefield Park and Victoria Park last year.

Farrans Construction is currently undertaking phase 2 work at major sections including CS Lewis Square at Holywood Arches, Avoniel, The Hollow at Elmgrove, Mersey Street, and many more across east Belfast.

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Upon completion in mid-2017, the greenway will provide 16km of new cycle and walkways and 26 new bridges and crossings.

As part of phase 1 of the project, the public were asked to name the bridge connecting the greenway from Victoria Park to Airport Road and Belfast Harbour Estate, which resulted in the ‘Sam Thompson Bridge’.

Due to the huge popularity of that campaign it was agreed that the public would be involved in the naming of other bridges.

Anne McMurray, from the Connswater Community Greenway Trust, said: “This campaign is a wonderful opportunity for east Belfast and the broader Belfast community to put their stamp on, take ownership of, and name what we hope will become an important part of the infrastructre of east Belfast.”

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Public submissions for entries opened yesterday and will close on February 26 at midnight.

To submit ideas or for further details, visit

Entries will be shortlisted and the public will be asked to vote for their favourites in March.