Green Party TD, Joe O’Brien, Welcomes NTA Funding for Cycling and Walking Projects in Fingal as part of the July Stimulus Plan

26th July, 2020

Minister of State for Community Development and Charities and local TD Joe O’Brien has welcomed a total of €4 million which has been allocated to Fingal County Council from The National Transport for a total of 12 projects supporting pedestrian and cyclist movement and to enhance accessibility in the towns and villages in Fingal.

The funding will support the Councils response to Covid-19 challenges and assist with their work to equip local communities and businesses with improved walking and cycling infrastructure.

The funding will also allow for changes to traffic management arrangements to facilitate the reallocation of overall road space to improve facilities and safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The funding was as a result of an application under the Active Travel Measures Allocation announced in the Jobs Stimulus Plan by Government and works on the 12 projects in to commence immediately and be completed by the end of November.

Minister Joe O’Brien said: “The projects that the NTA is funding will make a real difference in Fingal when it comes to improving infrastructure for cycling, walking and will make our towns and villages more accessible and attractive for everyone.”

“During the negotiations for the Programme for Government an area I fought hard on was to secure commitments for 10% of the transport budget to be allocated to cycling and 10% to walking and these allocations will go a long way in delivering a safe and sustainable environment for active travel in our Fingal.”

Works are planned for Lusk, Naul, Malahide, Swords, Baldoyle and Skerries to name a few. Green Party Councillor for the Skerries and Balbriggan area, Karen Power also welcomed the news calling it a “huge investment for Fingal and an indication of this government’s commitment to active travel”.

“When these works are completed by the end of the year, Fingal will be a much safer place for everyone to walk and cycle to school and I look forward to continuing to work with those in Fingal County Council as we continue to increase sustainable travel in the coming weeks and months” she said.

Full list of projects being carried out by Fingal County Council is as follows

R108 Sillogue Road Network upgrade including advisory cycle lanes €175,000.00
R132 Lissenhall, Ministers Road – Blakes Cross + Kilhedge Lane Improve cycle connection from Lusk to Blakes Cross via Corduff NS. Traffic calming to reduce speeds and redesign of former National road for reduced volumes of traffic and increased cycling ped activity. €1,300,000.00
Naul GAA signalised crossing R108 Naul GAA Club Junction Improvement required for all road users including cyclists €85,000.00
Malahide Esturay cycle connections Seatown Rd & Estuary Road Improve cycle connection from Swords to Malahide €1,000,000.00
Royal Canal Royal Canal Clonsilla to R149 Temporary footpath/cycle track 2m wide on exisitng grass surface as a means of encouraging people to use this location as an amenity €100,000.00
Huntstown Way / Hartstown Rd Huntstown/Hartstown Light segregation of existing cycle lanes €70,000.00
Swords Swords – Rathingle Road / River Valley Road Light segregation of existing cycle lane on Rathingle/Rathbeale Road €55,000.00
R809 R809 – Grange Road Light segregation of existing cycle lanes through Baldoyle €30,000.00
R105 Howth Road Light segregation of existing cycle lanes  from sutton to howth village €100,000.00
R127 Skerries Road Light segregation of existing cycle lanes but may look to close off road and allow for local access only €350,000.00
 Various Locations Light segregation of existing cycle lanes  at various other locations €500,000.00
 Skerries Coast New Cycleway beside existing walkway €125,000.00