Kildare receives €13.67m funding for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure projects
County Kildare has received €13.67 million in funding for walking and cycling infrastructure projects, it has been confirmed.
The total list of allocations will include: €4m for Royal Canal Cycling (FCC Border – Maynooth), €1m for Dublin Road in Naas, €900,000 for Kilcullen Road in Naas, €850,000 for Kildare County Council (KCC) Active Transport Authority – Personnel costs, and €750,000 for traffic management measures and the Sallins village cycle programme.
Commenting on the funds allocated, Minister of State for Fine Gael, Martin Heydon TD, said: “It is essential for the future to ensure that we have a good and efficient transport system in Kildare, as we aim to making our communities and downtowns more vibrant, as well as making getting to work and school safer and easier.”
“Over the past two years, we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us meet our climate change obligations.
He continued, “There has been substantial progress in this area over the past few years.
“Active travel spending and provision, as funded by the Department for Transport, has seen a significant increase, quadrupling, from around €45 million in 2019 to €184 million in 2021.”
Minister Heydon added that further amendments are also expected to the Vehicular Traffic and Roads Bill in the coming weeks, which “will help our local authorities to advance experimental traffic management and other measures that will accelerate active transport infrastructure”.
Dr Cathal Berry, Independent TD, also welcomed the news: “Being able to walk and cycle safely to work or school is fundamental to our quality of life: it’s also good for our health. , good for the environment and good for our pocket.”