— Includes DublinBikes expansion, and construction or further planning on walking/cycle routes
— Bus and tram projects also among sustainable transport projects funded
On Wednesday outgoing transport minister Paschal Donohoe confirmed the National Transport Authority’s sustainable transport measures grants for the Greater Dublin Area for 2016 — and we exclusively have the details from the authority.
While €23.2 million figure seems large, it includes walking, bus and tram projects and campaigners say that cycling is not getting enough funding to meet targets of getting more people cycling.
The funding includes the roll out of the Grangegorman DublinBikes expansion this year, and planning and/or construction work on routes such as the Dodder Greeenway; the Royal Canal Greenway; the Liffey Cycle Route; city centre to Fairview route; and the city centre to Clonskeagh to Sandyford route — full lists by areas are below.
The funding breaks down by area to include €11,568,000 for Dublin City Council; €1,900,000 for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council; €2,610,000 for South Dublin County Council; €1,005,000 for Fingal County Council; €1,400,000 for Kildare County Council; €2,409,500 for Meath County Council; and €2,000,000 for Wicklow County Council.
The OPW will also get €70,000 for Phoenix Park projects, while €245,000 will be split across campuses and workplaces.
Minister Donohoe said:”As economic activity continues to grow it is important that we encourage greater use of sustainable public transport options. The objectives of the sustainable transport grant scheme announced today are to increase the number of people using public transport and to increase walking and cycling, in particular for local trips to work, school, retail and leisure activities within the Greater Dublin Area. I am confident that as the approved projects are delivered they will further improve the attractiveness of sustainable and public transport options and help alleviate traffic congestion in identified areas.”
The full details: