Funding boost for transport initiatives

by Emma Nolan

Several transport initiatives in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown including the Sutton 2 Sandycove (S2S) Cycle Walkway Project, have received funding from the National Transport Authority
€23.2million has been allocated for 121 sustainable transport projects to make public transport more sustainable and attractive.
The Sustainable Transport Measures Grants (STMG) Programme for 2016 was announced by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD (FG) and will include improvements to bus, cycle and pedestrian routes and revisions to traffic management systems are designed to encourage greater use of sustainable and public transport options, reduce congestion and facilitate economic activity in the Greater Dublin Area.
Key projects identified for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County are the N11 Cycle Facilities Upgrade, the N11 Johnstown Roads Junction improvements, the expansion of the Dublin Bike Scheme and of course the Sutton 2 Sandycove Cycle Walkway (S2S).
This coastal project pre-dates 2007 and several large portions of the route have already been completed by several Dublin local authorities however there is an estimated 2km still outstanding in order to complete the cycle and walk route.
Councillor Cormac Devlin (FF) said: “The S2S route will no doubt give an additional tool to help promote and sell Dublin as a top leisure and tourist destination.”
Cllr Devlin also welcomed funding for the N11 Cycle Facilities Upgrade and N11 Johnstown Roads Junction improvements.
He said: “I hope that this funding will go towards improving these sections and giving both Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and Dublin City funding to improve/expand the existing cycle network along the N11.”
Speaking on the “long overdue” Johnstown Roads Junction improvements, Cllr Devin said certain sections of the road have inferior cycle tracks and a large portion of the road has no footpath connecting Rochestown Avenue to the N11.
“Hopefully this funding will provide for a continuation of a footpath and repair to the existing cycle track,” he said.
Minister Donohoe said: “The objectives of the sustainable transport grant scheme are to increase the number of people using public transport and to increase walking and cycling, in particular for local trips to work, school, retail and leisure activities.
“I am confident that as the approved projects are delivered they will help alleviate traffic congestion in identified areas.”

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