€290M Grant Aid For Walking And Cycling Infrastructure in Ireland for 2023.

Source : Gov.ie

NTA National Transport Authority logoThe Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan confirmed recently, that the National Transport Authority (NTA) has allocated funds to Ireland’s local authorities with a view to spending €290 million on walking and cycling infrastructure in Ireland in 2023.

This substantial investment will fund approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects, contributing to the development of almost 1,000km of new and improved walking and cycling infrastructure across the country by 2025. This includes the development of segregated cycle lanes and widened footpaths, new walking and cycling bridges, and new pedestrian crossings.

As a key part of this announcement, Active Travel funding will ensure that the Safe Routes to School programme will continue to provide for safer cycling and walking facilities for many more schools across the country. Construction is expected on dozens of front of school treatments throughout 2023.

Minister  Ryan said:

“Continuous and substantial funding for active travel across the country is a key commitment in the Programme for Government and a cornerstone of our Transport Strategies. Last year, all of the money allocated was drawn down by local authorities and I am confident that the same will happen this year. This will mean that communities across the country will be better connected with safe and people friendly corridors to visit friends, go to the shops, or cycle or walk to school, sports training or other activities.

“People very often think that Greenways, cycle-ways or walkways are primarily tourism amenities. Of course, they serve that purpose really well, but first and foremost they are about local people and improving local life, connecting suburbs, local villages or townlands that have often become disconnected from one another because of busy and dangerous roads.

“The benefits of this investment are immense, locally and nationally. Not only are we making our cities, towns and villages greener and more livable, we are also helping to reduce Ireland’s carbon emissions. In transport, we have a significant challenge to reduce our emissions by 50% by 2030. To achieve this, we have to encourage more people to choose sustainable ways of travelling. However, as we have seen already with the greenways, walk and cycle ways, once we build them, they become instantly popular and we don’t really have to do much to encourage people to make the sustainable switch.”

Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority, said:

“2023 is going to be an important year for active travel. With a growing number of active travel schemes moving from design into construction and delivery, we can encourage more people across the country to walk or cycle within and beyond their local community. The funding being announced today will allow the NTA to continue to work alongside local authorities as we accelerate the delivery of improved cycling and walking infrastructure.

“From new segregated cycle lanes and footpaths, to dedicated pedestrian and cycling bridges, the active travel projects receiving funding will make it easier and safer for people to choose active travel modes. The extensive work being undertaken in partnership with Active Travel teams within Councils nationwide will help improve the health and wellbeing of our communities and make them more accessible and attractive for everyone.”

In addition, €63 million will be made available to TII for the development of Greenways in the country.

Mayo County Council Grant Allocation For 2023

MO/21/0001 Ballina & Castlebar Local Transport Plans € 88,000
MO/21/0003 Ballina Pedestrian Crossings € 127,500
MO/21/0006 Kilkelly Footpath Scheme € 3,000
MO/21/0016 Claremorris Light Segregation Cycle Scheme € 65,000
MO/21/0020 Inver Village Footpath Scheme € 2 5,000
MO/22/0001 Ballina Belleek Rd Arch Active Travel Scheme € 22,000
MO/22/0002 Ballina Ridgepool Rd Footpath € 5,000
MO/22/0003 Attymass Footpath Phase 1 €25,000
MO/22/0006 Castlebar Rathbaun Rd Footpath € 7,700
MO/22/0007 Castlebar Keelogues Rd Footpath € 15,500
MO/22/0008 Castlebar Balla Footpath € 24,500
MO/22/0010 Castlebar Knights Park Snugborough Footpath €110,000
MO/22/0017 Ballyhaunis Active Travel Scheme € 110,000
MO/22/0020 Ballycroy & Achill Sound Footpath Schemes € 187,000
MO/22/0023 Bonniconlon Footpath Phase 1 € 100,000
MO/22/0027 Westport Lodge Road Active Travel Scheme € 100,000
MO/22/0030 Westport Local Transport Plan € 201,000
MO/22/0031 Westport Deerpark Active Travel Scheme € 160,000
MO/22/0032 Active Travel Programme Office Costs € 26,000
MO/23/xxxx SRTS R1 – Scoil Iosa NS € 100,000

MO/23/xxxx SRTS R1 – Carn National School, Moygownagh € 100,000
MO/23/xxxx SRTS R1 – Davitt College Castlebar € 100,000
MO/23/xxxx SRTS R1 – Scoil Raifteiri Castlebar € 100,000
MO/23/xxxx SRTS R1 – St. Colemans College € 300,000
MO/23/xxxx SRTS R1 – Cong NS € 300,000
MO/23/xxxx SRTS R2 Ballinrobe Community School € 14,000
MO/23/xxxx SRTS R2 Claremorris BNS € 15,000
MO/23/xxxx SRTS R2 St Josephs NS € 13,000
MO/23/xxxx SRTS R1 – Brackloon NS € 250,000
MO/23/xxxx SRTS 2 Holy Trinity NS € 15,000
MO/23/xxxx SRTS 2 Murrisk N.S € 13,000
MO/23/xxxx SRTS 2 Quay NS € 15,000
MO/23/xxxx Killala town Active Travel Scheme € 250,000
MO/23/xxxx Ballina Creggs Road Active Travel Scheme € 72,000
MO/23/xxxx Ballina Carrowntreila Active Travel Scheme € 50,000
MO/23/xxxx Castlebar Turlough Rd Footpath € 70,000
MO/23/xxxx Castlebar Mobility Hub Market Square € 40,000
MO/23/xxxx Castlebar Brooklands Close Filtered Permeability € 130,000
MO/23/xxxx Lough Lannagh active travel measures € 80,000
MO/23/xxxx Castlebar Mayo House to Moneen road roundabout Active Travel Scheme € 175,800
MO/23/xxxx Castlebar Rathbaun road Footpath € 30,000

MO/23/xxxx Castlebar R308 N5 to IDA Roundabout ActiveTravel Scheme € 50,000
MO/23/xxxx Ballinrobe Urban Greenway € 465,000
MO/22/0021 Active Travel Team Salary Costs € 271,000
MO/23/xxxx Westport The Mall Footpath € 29,000
MO/23/xxxx Westport Castlebar Road, Active Travel Scheme € 50,000

Total: €4,500,000