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With Belfast Region City Deal funding becoming closer to reality with the signing of 'head of terms' by Secretary of State, Brandon Lewis on 15 December, further developments related to one of the key projects affecting Newry, The Southern Relief Road (SRR) will no doubt emerge in 2022. 

The Department For Infrastructure have said that a fixed bridge over Newry Ship Canal as part of the SRR is their 'preferred option' an option if engaged would mean the end of the Albert Basin as an area where tall masted ships can berth, and the end of 250 years of maritime history in Newry. Whatever bridge emerges for the project, it will need 'Scheduled Monument Consent' which potentially should/ could make it more difficult to go for a fixed bridge.

The SRR, ultimately being built for the benefit of Warrenpoint Harbour would see traffic for Warrenpoint turning of the A1 south of Cloughogue and crossing Newry Ship Canal and the Clanrye River to join the Warrenpoint Dual Carriageway.

The Belfast Region City Deal apparently includes the sum of £93.4M for the Southern Relief Road according to figures in the public domain. See

 

In April 2019 in response to a request from Newry.ie the DFI stated that the indicative cost for the Southern Relief Road was £110M including £25M for a lifting bridge so it appears the current City Deal financial contribution to Newry, Mourne and Down Council would NOT cover an opening/ lifting bridge!

The DFI explained in their reply at the time "To inform the development of the Belfast Region City Deal submission, the Department for Infrastructure submitted high level cost information relating to the Southern Relief Road, as part of the completion of a Strategic Outline Business Case.  Indicative costs at this stage (without the completion of a full business case) are £110m which includes £25m for a lifting bridge."

In November 2021 we asked the Historic Buildings and Monuments section of the Department for Communities if it had a public position on Newry Ship Canal, specifically whether it must be kept navigable for tall ships etc. We also asked them if they had made a submission to the SRR scheme.

In reply a spokesperson for the Department for Communities said: "The Newry Ship Canal is a scheduled monument.  This means that any proposal to build in the scheduled area of the canal requires Scheduled Monument Consent from the Department."

The spokesperson added "While officials have been in discussion with DfI regarding potential bridge options, a definitive proposal has yet to be confirmed to allow the Department to commence formal considerations. The Department is not therefore in a position to comment on any proposal. Should an application for consent be made, the use of the Ship Canal by 'Tall Ships' would form part of the assessment."

Newry.ie made a Submission in 2019 to the Department for Infrastructure concerning the bridge over the canal, where we stated that access to the canal must be retained. 

In relation to the Canal we said "It’s part of Newry’s heritage and an integral part of the initial design of the new city park at the Albert Basin. It has the capacity to almost single handedly reinvent Newry as a tourist destination once Newry, Mourne and Down Council get fully behind the marketing of the maritime heritage of the city, which is beginning to happen with the City of Merchants festival and other initiatives."

Unfortunately since writing, the City of Merchants Festival is no more but the sentiment remains.

A Marina is an integral part of the Newry 2020/ Albert Basin Park Project design for the Newry City Park at the Albert Basin (Now financed to the tune of £16M). This is somewhat a 'no brainer' considering that the park encompasses the beautiful Albert Basin where Tall Ships are able to moor but obviously a fixed bridge would, perhaps conveniently for some of the players, put paid to that!

Unfortunately latest plans for the park displayed by Newry, Mourne and Down Council don't include the facility so there obviously is still some campaigning to be done before Newry finally gets 'The best park in Ireland'.

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