Fingal County Council granted €14,870,000 for walking and cycling infrastructure

Funding of €14,870,000 has been allocated to Fingal County Council for walking and cycling facilities which will greatly benefit commuters and leisure seekers alike, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Deputy Farrell said the funding from the National Transport Authority announced today will provide high quality facilities for cyclists and walkers across the country, which is particularly welcome during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy Farrell said, “I am delighted that Fingal County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €240 million allocated to support 448 sustainable transport projects across the country.

“These projects will benefit numerous projects across the Fingal area and include:

  • Donabate Estuary Walking and cycling route, Broadmeadow Way €750,000
  • S2S Extension Sutton to Malahide €310,000
  • Royal Canal Cycle Route – entire Fingal route €400,000
  • Harry Reynolds Road Cycle Track €1,600,000
  • Snugborough Road N3 Overbridge (Part-Funded) €2,000,000
  • Swords Cycle Network €100,000
  • Schools Streets Fingal Pilots €150,000
  • Donabate Bridge €400,000
  • Bicycle Parking (COVID) €125,000
  • Safe to Schools Programme – infrastructure €100,000
  • 2020 Stimulus Programme – Contractual Liability €4,000,000
  • Churchfield Road €2,000,000
  • Snugborough Rd – National Aquatic Centre to Ongar €100,000
  • Baldoyle to Howth €1,000,000
  • Dublin Road to Dublin Street Baldoyle €1,000,000
  • Donabate Hearse Rd/Main St/Portrane Rd (Link 1 & Link 2) €100,000
  • Damastown to Clonsilla Cycle Route incl. N3 bridge €150,000
  • Clonee to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre €100,000
  • Swords Estuary to Rathbeale Rd €100,000
  • Malahide (Main St) to Swords (Brackenstown Rd) €100,000
  • Forest Rd to Swords Main Street €100,000
  • Bus Related infrastructure (interchange, little pace Road) €85,000
  • R132 Design (junctions) €100,000

“Covid-19 has given many of us a newfound appreciation of outdoor spaces so funding which enhances those amenities in Dublin Fingal is much welcome.

“The funding will be used for a range of works such as road improvements which include segregated cycling lanes and widened footpaths, pedestrian crossings, upgrades to existing cycle schemes and other improvements to outdoor spaces. I am sure these facilities will be much used by in their communities.

“The National Transport Authority will oversee and support these projects, with the state agency ensuring that they are age friendly, accessible and that optimal use can be achieved by people of all ages and abilities.

 “The 2021 funding allocations have increased by over €130m compared to last year’s and will support an extra 233 new projects to the NTA’s investment programme in 2021. Additional allocations targeting rural towns and villages will be made in the coming weeks.

“I would like to thank Ministers Eamon Ryan and Hildegarde Naughton, for their work and commitment in bringing this funding to fruition today,” Deputy Farrell concluded.

Major projects scheduled for construction this year are the Clontarf to City Centre route in Dublin, the Mahon to Marina Greenway in Cork, the Castletroy Greenway in Limerick, Parkmore Improvement Works in Galway and the Bilberry to City Centre route in Waterford.

Other major announcements are:

The Dodder Greenway (Sections 3,4,5,6)South Dublin County Council€7.2m
Royal Canal GreenwayKildare County Council€5.1m
Dunkettle to CarrigtohillCork County Council€3.1m
Navan 2030 Contract 2: Bridge St & Abbey Rd Roundabout UpgradeMeath County Council€2.3m
Dock Road and Abbey Road Infrstructure worksWaterford City and County Council€2.2m
Strand Road Cycle RouteWicklow County Council€1.2m
Ardaun Transport Study – Martin JunctionGalway City Council€1m

Announcing the funding, Minister Naughton said, “Over the last number of months Government has funded local authorities across the country to re-orientate road-space toward our pedestrians and cyclists.  Today’s announcement, which builds on from our recent progress across towns and villages nationwide, is underpinned by our commitment to invest almost €1 million per day in walking and cycling infrastructure in 2021.

“Today’s announcement will also contribute greatly towards achieving Safe Routes to School, be it walking, cycling, or scooting, for our children in their daily commute to the classroom when schools reopen.”