Minister Eamon Ryan today confirmed that the National Transport Authority (NTA) has allocated funds to Ireland’s local authorities with a view to spending €290m on walking and cycling infrastructure in 2023. €123.8m is being made available in 2023 towards the delivery of Active Travel schemes across Dublin.
The national investment will fund approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects, contributing to the development of almost 1,000km of new and improved walking and cycling infrastructure across the country by 2025. This includes the development of segregated cycle lanes and widened footpaths, new walking and cycling bridges, and new pedestrian crossings.
In total, the 2023 fund allocation for Active Travel will allow for the progression of 387 projects in the Greater Dublin Area, 250 across other regional cities and a further 502 projects across rural Ireland.
Among the Active Travel projects receiving funding in Dublin are:
Project Council Allocation
Dodder Greenway Herbert Park Dublin City Council €3,700,000
Killinarden Park and Greenway Scheme South Dublin County Council €2,000,000
Harry Reynolds Road Cycleway in Balbriggan Fingal County Council €1,700,000
Stillorgan Park Road Active Travel Scheme Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council €3,000,000
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD said: “Continuous and substantial funding for active travel across the vountry is a key commitment in the Programme for Government and a cornerstone of our Transport Strategies.
“Last year, all of the money allocated was drawn down by local authorities and I am confident that the same will happen this year.
“This will mean that communities across the country will be better connected with safe and people friendly corridors to visit friends, go to the shops, or cycle or walk to school, sports training or other activities.”
“People very often think that Greenways, cycle-ways or walkways are primarily tourism amenities. Of course, they serve that purpose really well, but first and foremost they are about local people and improving local life, connecting suburbs, local villages or townlands that have often become disconnected from one another because of busy and dangerous roads.”
The full list of Active Travel projects receiving funding can be found on: https://www.nationaltransport.ie/publications/active-travel-investment-grants-2023-allocations/