€14,870,000 provided from the NTA will help progress 23 projects over the county such as the Royal Canal Cycle Route, Harry Reynolds Road Cycle Track, Donabate Estuary walking and cycling route and the Broadmeadow Way. These projects are part of a wider sustainable transport infrastructure programme to tackle climate change.
Providing safe and sustainable infrastructure will undoubtedly assist the growing numbers of cyclists who are now using the roads in towns and villages across Fingal over the past years. As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to Climate Action these projects are to help promote Active Travel in the county with the objective to build active travel into everyday life as part of normal daily routines.
“This is wonderful news. We are seeing many more people in Fingal walking and cycling due to the pandemic, so it is crucial that we develop quality routes for walking and cycling to allow greater movement within our communities. These projects will improve safety for people walking and cycling through the provision of segregated facilities either on-road or off-road. The walking and cycling projects that will benefit from this funding will help Fingal to achieve our Climate Action targets. However, the biggest benefit will be to public health from the combination of reduced air pollution exposure and increased physical activity.”
AnnMarie Farrelly, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council said: “Fingal County Council welcomes this announcement from the National Transport Authority. This funding will allow us to continue many projects that will showcase our commitment to providing excellent walking and cycling infrastructure across the county. We want to improve connectivity between our towns and villages, for pedestrians and cyclists while providing sustainable modes of transport as part of our actions against climate change.”
David Storey, Director of Environment, Climate Action and Active Travel Department in Fingal County Council, said: “The announcement today from the National Transport Authority of additional funding being provided is a welcomed one. This additional funding will allow the Council to build on the actions we have taken to provide safe and clean travel options as well as supporting active travel in the county.”
The full list of Fingal County Council projects set to receive funding can we be found at https://www.fingal.ie/news/fingal-receives-eu14-million-boost-funding-nta-investment-walking-and-cycling-infrastructure