Transport minister Shane Ross today launched public consultation on the Strategy for the Future Development of Greenways”, open for submissions up to July 14.
Minister Ross also confirmed €4.5m funding for a section of the Dublin to Galway Greenway in Kildare and Meath and €1.6m on work on the Waterford Greenway.
The Dublin to Galway Greenway funding covers from Maynooth to Westmeath Border, which the department calls a “Continuation of works commenced in 2016”, and Waterford Greenway funding covers the “completion of works including additional surfacing, Bilberry Road extension and accommodation works”.
In a statement, Minister Ross said: “I’m delighted to publish this public consultation paper which aims to seek the views of all those interested in the development of greenways in Ireland. The paper discusses a wide range of issues surrounding the development of greenways and poses a number of questions to prompt further debate and inform the development of an overarching Strategy for the future development of Greenways.m”
The Department of Transport said that the public consultation paper sets out the policy context for Government investment in Greenways, including their value from an economic, health, tourism, transport, community, and rural regeneration perspective.
He added: “Importantly, the paper seeks views from interested parties on some of the more contentious issues that have arisen in the development of some greenway projects and asks what approach should be taken to such issues in future.”
He said: “Since becoming Minister I have been inundated with requests from all around the country for funding for Greenways. It is important that we target our investment in greenways that will deliver the most for their communities and for the country at large. The outcome of this public consultation will inform the development of a new Greenways Strategy to ensure that future funding is spent on the right projects, in the right areas and at the right time. To make sure that we take the right approach in future we need as many people as possible to give us their views during this public consultation process.”
Details are published on a paper at smartertravel.ie. Submissions can be made electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Sustainable Transport Division, Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Leeson LanE, D02 TR60. The closing date for submissions is Friday July 14.