Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes funding for Active Travel in Fingal

24th January, 2022

Fingal County Council to receive €25.5m funding for 44 projects

 

Green Party Minister of State Joe O’Brien TD has welcomed today’s announcement of €25.5m for Fingal County Council to support 44 different Active Travel Projects.   This has been a Green Party policy and a strong commitment to continuing investment in active travel throughout its time in Government.

 

Some of the local projects include the Skerries Active Travel Plan, St. Cronins Road, the Broadmeadow Way, Harry Reynolds Road, Balbriggan and Rush South Beach.  These and the many other local projects funded will make our local communities more attractive places to live, work and visit.  It is good for public health and the environment and promotes the most economic and efficient transport system.

 

Minister O’Brien commented:

 

“I am delighted to announce that Fingal County Council is set to receive funding for 44 projects.  26 of those projects are in my own constituency of Dublin Fingal.  This targeted funding will go towards making walking and cycling in our villages, towns and rural and coastal pathways more viable and safe. As we continue to meet our commitment of investing almost €1 million nationally on walking and cycling projects each day, I am particularly happy to confirm that the schools participating in Phase 1 of our new Safe Routes to School Programme will also benefit. Last year Pope John Paul II NS Malahide and Rush & Lusk ETNS were selected to participate in Phase 1.

 

“It is great to see our investment in active travel starting to bear fruit.  It is important to accelerate delivery of sustainable transport modes as we come out of the majority of covid restrictions.  It is vital that we do not allow a return to gridlock as we come out of the pandemic.  We need to use the switch to remote working as an opportunity to reallocate road space to create a safer and more efficient transport system.

 

“Local authorities and the NTA have been provided with an unprecedented increase in funding for additional staff for active travel.  Further amendments will be brought forward to the Road Traffic and Roads bill in the coming weeks, which will also enable them progress experimental traffic management schemes and other measures which fast track active travel infrastructure.  We need to be quick, to help reduce our climate emissions but also to use this unique moment in time to create a more attractive and safer local environment.

 

“Fingal County Council are in a particularly good position to capitalise on government’s commitment to Active Travel with the establishment of their Active Travel office – today’s announcement sees €1.1m dedicated to the running of that office in Fingal.”

 

ENDS –

 

For further information contact johanna.walsh@oireachtas.ie 01 6184114

 

 

Notes to Editor:

 

 

Active Travel Allocations:

Agency 2022 Allocations
Fingal County Council €25,535,000

 

Projects in Dublin Fingal to receive funding:

FCC/12/0001 Donabate Estuary Walking and cycling route, Broadmeadow way €400,000
FCC/13/0001 S2S Extension Sutton to Malahide large scheme €200,000
FCC/18/0001 Harry Reynolds Road Cycle Track €1,000,000
FCC/19/0001 Swords Cycle Network – sustainable swords €100,000
FCC/20/0001 Donabate Bridge €100,000
FCC/20/0008 Churchfield Roads (co fund) €2,500,000
FCC/21/0004 Donabate Green Routes (Hearse Rd/Main St/Portrane Rd) €100,000
FCC/21/0011 R132 Design (junctions) €100,000
FCC/22/xxxx St Cronins Road €1,750,000
FCC/22/xxxx Rathingle/Rivervalley Rd Swords” €1,200,000
FCC/22/xxxx R132 Ministers Road to Blakes Cross + Kilhedge Lane (Quite Route)” €550,000
FCC/22/xxxx Seatown Roundabout to Estuary Road (Swords to Malahide)” €1,225,000
FCC/22/xxxx Donabate to Portrane (R126) – Distributor Rd to Portrane Avenue €1,225,000
FCC/22/xxxx Balbriggan – Coney Hill
From Devlin Bridge to Bremore Cottages
€925,000
FCC/22/xxxx Skerries – Harbour Road
(Footpath build-outs)
€925,000
FCC/22/xxxx Rush – South Beach
(Bawn Rd across carpark and out to S Shore Rd)
New footpath & cycle path
€500,000
FCC/22/xxxx New Street Permanent Scheme €500,000
FCC/22/xxxx Local connections to S2M and Broadmeadow €200,000
FCC/22/xxxx Permeability Links North County €500,000
FCC/22/xxxx Skerries Active Travel Plan €100,000
FCC/22/xxxx Balbriggan road mill street and Drogheda st €100,000
FCC/22/xxxx Balrothery Active Travel Review €185,000
FCC/22/xxxx Seamount Heights to Old Golf Links Park €300,000
FCC/22/xxxx Broomfield to Paddy’s Hill via Naomh Marnog GAA €20,000
FCC/22/xxxx Chapel Road to An Teagasc Building €20,000
FCC/22/xxxx Scoil an Duinninigh to Waterside footpath and cycleway €20,000