Local Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, has welcomed the €14,870,000 allocated to Fingal County Council to support sustainable transport projects across North County Dublin.
Minister O’Brien said the allocations were all the more welcomes given the renewed focus on walking and cycling during the current pandemic.
Commenting he said, “I am really delighted with today’s significant announcement for Fingal. The numbers of people walking and cycling has shot up during the pandemic.
“The large increase in the number of families and individuals on our existing greenways and walking paths demonstrates clearly the demand there is for this type of infrastructure. People are enjoying exploring their own localities in a safe manner. I think this demand will last long after the pandemic is gone.
“The projects that the NTA are funding will make a real difference to commuters and leisure seekers alike. Improving infrastructure for cycling and walking will make our cities, towns and villages more accessible and attractive for everyone. That’s good news for communities, and good news for the economy.
“Today’s announcement will also contribute greatly towards achieving Safe Routes to School, be it walking, cycling, or scooting, for our children in their daily commute to the classroom when schools reopen.
“I look forward to these projects in Fingal being progressed as quickly as possible,” he concluded.