The huge investment is to fund four exciting projects that will bring a new wave of life to the Northern Irish district.
The southeast of Northern Ireland is set to see huge changes over the next ten years; a £200m investment is set aside to transform Newry, Mourne, and Down.
Thanks to previous investments and projects, the area has massively increased in popularity over the past 20 years. However, the latest investment will cover four projects, making the region an even more attractive option for tourists.
The news came in mid-December when it was announced that a huge £200m investment had been approved for the area’s tourism, regeneration, and infrastructure over the next ten years.
Four exciting projects – changes we can expect over the next ten years
The £200m investment set aside to transform Newry, Mourne, and Down over the next decade will cover four exciting projects that will bring a new lease of life to the region.
Plans include the ambitious Mourne Mountains Gateway and the regeneration of Newry City. Other plans outlines include a brand new Newry Southern Relief Road and the Albert Basin Park project.
Many hope that the investment will create new jobs in the area and provide brand new amenities for both locals and tourists.
Transforming the Mournes – a mountainous task
The Mourne Mountains are one of the central natural tourist attractions in Northern Ireland. Home to Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in the north, and attractions such as Silent Valley, the area sees a massive footfall of locals and tourists every year.
For this reason, much of the £200m investment to transform Newry, Mourne, and Down over the next decade will be set aside for the Mournes themselves.
Councillors hope that the investment will modernise the area and bring some much-needed amenities and attractions.
The exciting Mourne Mountains Gateway project will reinvent visitors’ experience of the Mournes. Still, it will also focus on supporting sustainable tourism and protecting the natural environment of the area.
The project includes plans for a world-class visitor attraction focused on information and education. A gondola lift will also be built to take visitors into the heart of the mountains.
£200m investment to transform Newry, Mourne, and Down – other plans outlined
Alongside the transformation of the Mournes, they will focus investment on the surrounding region. One such project will see a long-overdue regeneration of Newry City.
They hope to increase tourism, create jobs, and stimulate the local economy. Thus, they have planned a new civic hub, a theatre, and conference facilities for the area.
They have also laid out plans to make the area easier to access. A new Newry Southern Relief Road will link A1 bypass with the A2 Warrenpoint dual carriageway.
The final project outlined is the Albert Basin Park Project. This will see the creation of a new 15 acre City Park on the Albert Basin site.
Focusing on health and well-being and education and the arts, the park will prove a useful amenity for families living in the local area. So far, the plans outline a welcome centre, shared pathways, children’s playpark, urban sports park, and a swan bridge.
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