In welcoming the news, Deputy Michael Lowry says that these monies will help make our urban
centres more attractive places to live, work and visit.
The funding, under the Active Travel scheme, is being directed to rural local authorities and will
bring a renewed vibrancy to our Regional towns and villages.
The funding was announced by Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, TD, who said “It is great
to see our investment in Active Travel starting to bear fruit. I want us to now accelerate delivery
of sustainable transport modes as we come out of the majority of Covid restrictions. It is vital
that we do not allow a return to gridlock as we come out of the Pandemic. We need to use the
switch to remote working as an opportunity to reallocate road space to create a safer and more
efficient transport system.”
“Local authorities and the NTA have been provided with an unprecedented increase in funding
for additional staff for active travel. I will be bringing forward further amendments to the Road
Traffic and Roads bill in the coming weeks, which will also enable them progress experimental
Traffic Management Schemes and other measures which fast track Active Travel Infrastructure.
We need to be quick, to help reduce our climate emissions but also to use this unique moment
in time to create a more attractive and safer local environment.”