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NEW CYCLE HUB OPENS AT BILLY NEILL
January 2018 - The East Side Advertiser
Pictured at the new Billy Neill Halt are: (l-r) Andrew Grieve, Head of Cycling and Inland Waterway, DfI; Gordon Clarke, National Director, Sustrans; Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee; the Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow; Gerry Darcy, Site Manager, A G Wilson Ltd.; Paul Murray, Senior Landscape Architect, Aecom and Neil Campbell, Landscape Architect, Aecom.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has opened Northern Ireland’s first Cycle Hub, at the Billy Neill Halt, on the junction of the Comber Greenway, which is part of the National Cycle Network, and the entrance to the Billy Neill Soccer Centre of Excellence.
The recently completed works have also created 24 hour access to the only car park adjacent to the Comber Greenway making in an ideal location to start the daily commute by bicycle to work.
This cycle hub provides an innovative repair station which is part of the Council’s wider masterplan to develop its Billy Neill Soccer Centre of Excellence to include over 5kms of cycle and walking paths, a pump track for cyclists, a purpose built cross-country running course and a 3G floodlit soccer pitch.
The Mayor, Councillor Tim Morrow, welcoming guests to the opening, said: “As a keen cyclist I am delighted to see such an invaluable cycle hub installed in our council area. This hub provides cyclists with the necessary tools to repair and adjust their bikes if needed as they cycle along the Comber Greenway. I hope that all cyclists who use this popular Greenway are pleased with this recent development in the area.”
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee added: “The Council is always looking for ways to improve opportunities for residents to get active. It is hoped the development of the Billy Neill Halt will encourage cyclists of all abilities to use the 7 mile long traffic free Comber Greenway. As well as providing valuable tools to assist with bicycle repairs the newly installed seating also creates a natural rest area for walkers and cyclists before continuing their journey.
“I would like to thank the Department for Infrastructure and Sustrans for their funding support to this project and their invaluable advice and expertise. I look forward to seeing the Masterplan progress to allow walkers, runners, footballers and cyclists to get maximum benefit from this outdoor council facility in Dundonald.”
A defibrillator has been installed at the Cycle Hub to provide valuable lifesaving assistance to those in need.