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Wednesday, 7th February 2024

Over €5m for walking, cycling and bus stop infrastructure in Louth & East Meath

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The National Transport Authority (NTA) has today allocated funds to Ireland’s local authorities for walking and cycling infrastructure in 2024.

This investment will fund approximately 800 Active Travel projects, contributing to the development of 1,000km of new and improved walking and cycling infrastructure across the country between 2020 and 2025. 

Total expenditure on NTA Active Travel funded projects since 2020 will exceed €1Billion during 2024, with over 600km delivered to date.

This includes the development of segregated cycle lanes and widened footpaths, new walking and cycling bridges, and new pedestrian crossings.

This investment includes over €5m for Active Travel Projects and Bus Stop Development in Louth and East Meath. 

Key local projects include: 

  • €200k to advance the Bridge of Peace to Drogheda Train Station project
  • €150k to advance the Pathfinder project at Marley’s Lane
  • €150k for the Safe Route to school programme at Scoil Aonghusa
  • €150k for the Safe Route to school programme at St Brigid’s and St Patrick’s School
  • €300k for Bettystown Eastham Road Cycle Facilities
  • €200k for the Donacarney Footpath and Cycleway Scheme 

 Welcoming the announcement, local TD Fergus O’Dowd said “It is essential that we really get to grips with our active travel requirements in order to develop and build sustainable communities. 

“The development of improved walking and cycleway infrastructure is a practical and effective way of reducing the number of vehicles on our roads. 

O’Dowd added “By prioritising pedestrian and cycling infrastructure we create safer and more accessible communities for all members of society, regardless of age or ability.

“We must create an environment where parents feel confident to let their children walk or cycle to and from school and I’m delighted to see a number of schools locally will see significant funding for their Safe Route to School plans.”

Also welcoming this funding was Senator McGreehan who said, "I am thrilled to see such a substantial investment in active travel across Louth. This funding will make our communities safer and more accessible for walkers and cyclists, and I am confident that these projects will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of our residents.
 
"Fianna Faìil is dedicated to making active travel a practical option for people, and this funding is a significant step towards that goal and shows a strong commitment to promoting sustainable and active travel options across the county.''

 

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