NTA announce funding for sustainable transport in Dublin

by Gazette Reporter

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has announced allocations totalling €119.5m for 175 sustainable transport projects in the four Dublin local authority areas. 

This is part of a multi-annual programme with the key objective of investing in walking and cycling infrastructure, along with other sustainable mobility projects such as bridge and junction maintenance. 

The programme for 2021 is a split between brand new projects and those which have already been announced or scheduled.  

Of the 175 projects in Dublin, 90 attracting funding of over €33m, are entirely new. The remainder are existing projects for which ongoing funding totalling over €86.5m is being provided to Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council, and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Among existing projects being funded is the Clontarf to City Centre Cycle Scheme and the Sandyford to City Centre Cycle Scheme (M50 to Drummartin Link Road), which have been allocated €6m and €3.9m respectively.  

New projects being funded include:  

Project Council  Allocation  
Safe Cycling and Walking RoutesDun Laoghaire and Rathdown County Council  €2,500,000 
Baldoyle to HowthFingal County Council  €1,000,000  
Green spaces and paths atDodder Greenway Section 3 – South Dublin County Council  €3,900,000 
Glasnevin to Clontarf Rd Cycle SchemeDublin City Council  €100,000,000

A full list of projects in Dublin to be funded under this allocation can be found here.  

Other general projects include the reallocation of overall road space which will include segregated cycling lanes and widened footpaths. Cyclist parking, raised pedestrian crossings and reducing road width at crossing points as well as other improvements. 

Speaking at today’s announcement Minister Ryan said: “Today’s allocation increase marks a massive step forward in providing green sustainable transport options to our cities, suburbs and hinterlands.  

“I truly believe commutes via cycling and walking represent the best way for people in Dublin to get to where they want to go. Since Covid we have seen an increase in cycling and walking, and a reconnection to our local areas. Improving our active infrastructure represents cleaner, shorter and healthier journeys for all.  

“The projects that the NTA are funding will make a real difference to commuters and leisure seekers alike. Improving infrastructure for cycling and walking will make our cities, towns and villages more accessible and attractive for everyone. That’s good news for communities, and good news for the economy. 

“I look forward to seeing and hopefully using the different projects that will be progressing in the months and years to come.

The announcement today states clearly that the number of people who are choosing to get around by active travel modes is growing. Much of the funding announced today represents new projects for both cyclists and pedestrians which will result in easier and safer travel. 

“Walking and cycling represent a growing form of travel particularly in light of Covid-19. Funding will be delivered across a wide variety of regions, bringing the option of cycling or walking to localities both inside and outside the city centres. 

“We will continue to work with our partners in the local authorities to ensure the projects announced today become a reality as soon as possible.” 

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