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Major revamp of Newcastle's central promenade proposed

Newcastle's Central Promenade in Co Down. Picture by Mal McCann

TRAFFIC restrictions may be introduced to Newcastle's central promenade to encourage more people to walk and cycle.

An active travel masterplan noted that the central promenade is dominated by a through road and parking.

"Although recent public realm works have improved the situation, it is still a hostile environment to pedestrians and cyclists," the masterplan stated.

It suggested that the central promenade be converted to access-only for cars.

"This would provide the opportunity for residents, visitors and business owners to experience a section of the town centre without having to navigate vehicle traffic - creating a more pedestrian environment," the plan stated.

It also said any alteration to the road layout should first be trialled.

The document recommended converting Bryansford Road and Shimna Road to two-way routes to facilitate any changes.

The masterplan was endorsed by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council's Active and Healthy Communities (AHC) Committee earlier this week, the Mourne Observer reported.

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