Transport projects get €1.8m investment

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DUBLIN 15 is set to benefit from €1.8 million in funding for a range of public transport projects.
The major funding announcement came this week from Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar (FG).
The funding will help start works on the new cycle network which is planned for the Ongar-Castaheany area, and on the pedestrian crossing at the new Hansfield Station access road.
Work will also start on the new cycle and footpath along the Royal Canal between Ashtown and Blanchardstown, while detailed plans are being drawn up for the two cycle routes planned for Blanchardstown.
“I’m delighted to confirm this funding. The schemes will make it easier to leave the car at home and to walk, cycle or take public transport around Dublin 15,” said Minister Varadkar.
“The new cycle routes and crossings in the Ongar-Castaheany area should be ready for use by next year. Work will also start this year on a pedestrian crossing at the new Hansfield Station access road, while planning has started on two new cycle routes in Blanchardstown. All of these projects will make a small, but significant difference to local residents,” stated Minister Varadkar.
The projects were submitted by Fingal County Council (FCC) to the National Transport Authority, which approved the funding.
Works for the €1 million Ongar cycling network project for the Ongar-Castaheany area will include a toucan crossing, pedestrian and cyclist facilities along the western side of Hansfield Road, access to Scoil Pobail Setanta / Phibblestown Centre from north west, and four redesigned roundabouts to improve cyclist and pedestrian movement.
The €500,000 Royal Canal cycling project proposes using the amenity within the FCC area as a pedestrian and cycle route, and the reconstruction of the canal towpath between Ashtown and Blanchardstown to a high-quality walking and cycling route.
€100,000 will also be allocated to design and develop two strategic primary cycle routes in Blanchardstown and the D15 environs.
€200,000 will be allocated to the Dublin – Maynooth Rail Level Crossing Project, which will see the design of replacement transport links and traffic management proposals required for the permanent closure of five rail level crossings on the Maynooth rail line, and the completion of the part eight process for the closure of the Porterstown level crossing, including planning approval for a new footbridge there.
Other schemes in Fingal which will benefit D15 include the €250,000 cycle network schemes and the €100,000 traffic ramps renewal programme.

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