I welcome the launch a new €50 million fund nationally to allow Local Authorities invest in walking and cycling projects.
The fund is specifically targeted at towns and villages across the country.
“Connecting residential areas with schools, workplaces and public amenities is the core vision of the scheme and to encourage people to cycle to school, to work and to public amenities”.
“We have seen an increase in walking and cycling since COVID and we need to provide the infrastructure to allow such activities to remain part of our lives”.
“This fund will allow Local Authorities access funding to develop active travel strategies and deliver the projects for our towns and villages”.
“Galway East in particular would benefit enormously from this fund. There are many towns and villages where this funding would be a game changer and I am encouraging the Council to make sure they optimise the applications process to deliver for local people of all ages. I will work with Galway County Council to extract maximum benefit for Galway East”.
“The scheme will be administered by the National Transport Authority (NTA) on behalf of the Department of Transport. The NTA will be contacting the Local Authorities to get the application process put in place shortly”.