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Major new public realm scheme now completed in Banbridge

Scheme provides high quality pedestrian connection between bus station and main town centre

Lord Mayor Julie Flaherty is joined by John Downey, Department for Communities and Mechelle Brown, ABC Council, to witness the completion of the Kenlis Street Public Realm Scheme.

A major public realm scheme has been completed at Kenlis Street in Banbridge.

The ambitious initiative was funded by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in conjunction with the Department for Communities.

It was developed to provide a high quality pedestrian connection between the bus station and the main commercial centre of Banbridge at Newry Street, via pedestrian links at Poplar Row and Old Kenlis Street.

Speaking at the official completion of the scheme Lord Mayor Julie Flaherty said she was “delighted to see the final results”.

She added: “The work not only beautifully enhances the area but also provides a safe and welcoming arrival point for users of public transport and visitors to the town centre during daytime and in the hours of darkness.”

Lynne Mc Donald, from the Department for Communities, said: “The Department is pleased to be collaborating with the local council to deliver the improvements at Kenlis Street/Poplar Row.

“Banbridge has already seen significant and visible public realm and revitalisation improvements in recent years and these latest completed works have improved the appearance of a key area within the town centre.”

A number of decorative enhancements have been employed throughout including the utilisation of high quality natural stone materials.

A bespoke archway to Poplar Row – reflecting the design of the entrance gateway to Solitude Park – provides an engaging focal point leading to the bus station.

New efficient street lighting has been installed on Poplar Row making the area safer for pedestrians in the evening and the entrance to the commercial business service bay has been realigned to remove any potential ‘dark spots’.

Old Kenlis Street now includes modern tree planters with comfortable seating installed adjacent to the public art feature creating an attractive seating area for visitors and bus station users.

The stainless steel planters reflect the street furniture featured throughout the town and provide an inviting green oasis at this prime entrance point to the town centre.

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