Minister welcomes €21.5m for walking and cycle paths in Fingal

by Rose Barrett
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Minister Joe O’Brien welcomed the news last week that Fingal will get a significant €21.5m in funding this year to continue work in improving walking and cycling infrastructure right across the county.

He explained how the funding will benefit the local area. “Walking and cycling are a great way to stay healthy, take cars off the roads and bring more footfall into our town centres. That is why it is fantastic to see over €21.5m will be invested in walking and cycling across Fingal this year. It is great to see €5m allocated to the development of the Harry Reynolds Road Cycleway in Balbriggan and €7m allocated to the Broadmeadow Estuary Cycle & Pedestrian Bridge project.

Under national active travel plans announced, €290m will be spent nationally in 2024 to fund roughly 800 new and existing projects across the county, including around 40 projects here in Fingal. This means that the Government will have spent more than €1 billion on walking and cycling infrastructure since 2020 on more than 600km of cycling and walking infrastructure in Ireland.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan, said “This plan is great for the environment, our towns and our health. We are already seeing the impact of the €1bn investment as it is easier and healthier to travel on our roads. The best cities and towns in the world to live in are those that make it easy for people to walk around and this idea is being embraced by many towns in Ireland.”

Featured Image: Minister Ryan and Minister Chambers join the NTA as €290m is made available for walking and cycling infrastructure – The Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD and Minister of State Jack Chambers TD joined 4 year old GiorgiaGrogan from Artane,with her dad Jonathan, to announce €290m in funding to local authorities across Ireland to support the rollout of walking and cycling infrastructure in 2024.

Pictures: Naoise Culhane

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