Over €135m to improve key walking and cycling routes in Dublin

Over €135 million of funding has been earmarked this year for a number of key walking and cycling projects in Dublin.

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has announced that the National Transport Authority (NTA) will allocate €289 million to local authorities for up to 1,200 active travel projects across the country in 2022.

Dublin City Council has received the largest allocation of the capital’s four local authorities, with over €52m to be spent on 85 projects.

This includes €7.5m funding for the Clontarf 2 City Center (C2CC) greenway route, linking Alfie Byrne Road to Amiens Street/Talbot Street via Fairview Park.

Funding of €350,000 has been earmarked for the section of Dublin City Council’s Dodder Greenway from Sir John Rogerson Quay to the South Dublin border, while the Liffey Cycle Path will receive €2.8 million euros.

The Santry River Greenway has been awarded €50,000, and a design team is expected to be appointed to the project in the second quarter of this year.

This will see a 6.4km cycle and pedestrian route from Bull Island to Swords Road in Santry, via Raheny and Coolock.

In Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, almost €39 million will be spent on around 57 projects, including €1 million for the Merrion Gates to Seapoint section of the East Coast Trail.

Up to €200,000 is to be invested in bicycle parking in the county, while €560,000 will go towards improving mobility in the village of Sandyford.

Funding of €1.2m will go to flagship projects such as the Park to Park and Mountain to Metal routes, with over €1.1m earmarked for the Sea to Mountains cycling program

The council’s Safe to Schools program will receive €1 million and €650,000 will be spent to improve accessibility to park entrances.

South Dublin County Council will receive over €18million in funding, with much of the spending going towards various sections of the Dodder Greenway project, in addition to new cycle routes including from Rathfarnham to Citywest and Tallaght at Clondalkin.

Fingal County Council has received over €25 million for active transport projects including the Broadmeadow Way in Donabate (€400,000), the Sutton Scheme Extension in Malahide (€200,000) and the track canal royal cycle route (€200,000).

Announcing the funding, Minister Ryan called for accelerating the provision of sustainable modes of transport as Covid restrictions are lifted.

“It is vital that we do not allow a return to impasse as we emerge from the pandemic,” he said.

“We must use the shift to remote working as an opportunity to reallocate road space to create a safer and more efficient transportation system.

“Local authorities and the NTA have received an unprecedented increase in funding for additional active travel staff.”

Anne Graham, chief executive of the NTA, welcomed the “substantial investment” in active travel infrastructure.

“More people than ever want to cycle and walk as part of their daily commute,” she said. “It behooves us to encourage them to do that precisely so they can leave the car behind.”

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