Connswater Community Greenway Construction update for the year ahead…

2016 is set to be another very exciting year for Connswater Community Greenway with construction moving full steam ahead.
In 2015, Farrans Construction (our contractor) commenced Phase 2 construction across east Belfast making excellent progress. This year construction currently focuses over 13 sites, with the completion of the 16km Greenway estimated for the end of 2016. Once complete, you will be able to walk and cycle through east Belfast avoiding busy roads and traffic. It will also enable users to follow the course of the Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers allowing them to enjoy the wonderful wildlife, nature and places on offer along the Connswater Community Greenway.
(Visualisations of sections of the Connswater Community Greenway that are under construction this year).

Construction currently focuses on but is not limited to the following areas:

The Black Path; Mersey Street to the Sydenham Bypass (Section D5) and Newtownards Road to Mersey Street (Section D4)

Focus at this section includes the flood alleviation works with the installation of a reinforced concrete flood wall. The path is also getting widened, lighting columns will be placed along the pathway and a bridge will connect this section to the Arches Health Centre. This pathway will link the Connswater Community Greenway to the already completed section at Victoria Park and to the new C.S. Lewis Square at Holywood Arches.

C.S. Lewis Square at Holywood Arches (Section D3)

Our contractor continues to install granite paving for the new public realm here and have recently completed the foundations for the spectacular Narnia art sculptures including, Mr Tumnus, The White Witch, Mr and Mrs Beaver, Maugrim, a Robin, a Broken Stone Table, and Aslan (The Lion). It is hoped that this section will become the hub of the Connswater Community Greenway providing a space for local people and visitors to use for events and activities. On the edge of this Square there will also be an amazing Visitor Centre (EastSide Visitor Centre) which users will be able to find out more about east Belfast and grab a quick beverage. It is hoped the Visitor Centre will open later this year. To find out more about the Visitor Centre visit

• Beersbridge Road to Connswater Link Bridge (Section D1)

Works continue to develop this section with plans including new pathways, lighting, a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and a Play Park. This section will link this area to The Hollow at Elmgrove at Avoniel.

• Dixon Playing Fields (Section C5) to The Hollow at Elmgrove (off Abetta Parade; Section C6)

The pathway at Dixon Playing Fields continues to develop with the addition of new bridges to connect this section to the rest of the Greenway.  Works also continue to move on at The Hollow at Elmgrove with focus on the pathway, new walls for flood protection and the preparations for a new bridge to connect this section to Linen Court.

• Orangefield Park to Knock Dual Carriageway (Section C7

The pathway is nearly complete at this section and the contractor continues their works with focus on landscaping and the planting of trees. This section will extend Orangefield Park to Clarawood, Laburnum and Braniel finishing at the Knock Dual Carriageway.  It is hoped this section will open in May 2016. 

• Ladas Way to Castlereagh Road (Section B6)

Works in this section continue to develop with works beginning to focus on the creation of the new Play Park and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at the Loop section.

• Cregagh Road (Section A3) to Montgomery Road (Section A4)

At this section our contractor has been busy with kerbing and resurfacing works. Farrans are due to begin weekend work on the Cregagh Road, works will be between 8 am – 4pm on Saturdays.

• Cregagh Glen (Section A1)

Works are about to commence on the Cregagh Glen unfortunately resulting in its closure from Monday 1st February for a period of 7 weeks. During these works we will be improving footbridges, resurfacing pathways and improving the entrance into the Cregagh Glen from the Knock Dual Carriageway. Please accept our apologies for this closure however this is to ensure the safety of the general public. 

If you have any questions, queries, comments or complaints regarding this work, please contact the Farrans Free 24hr Customer Care Line on 0800 083 8160. 

(Phase 1 Connswater Community Greenway Parks are open 24/7 at Orangefield and Victoria Park. Belfast City Council look after the management and maintenance of all Greenway Parks).

Don’t forget the Connswater Community Greenway is already open at Victoria and Orangefield Parks which have been regenerated as part of Phase 1 of the project. These Parks have lighting along the main pathways and are open 24/7. The Greenway Parks and open spaces are managed and maintained by Belfast City Council

If you would like to visit the Park but are unsure how to get to them please see below for link to Google Maps for directions to the Parks:

Victoria Park; If you are driving here please note there is limited parking within the Park via underpass entrance and also parking available at Airport Road via the Sam Thompson Bridge. 

Orangefield Park; If you are driving  here there is limited parking available at Houston Park entrance of the Park. 

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