The National Transport Authority and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan have announced that €4,649,670 has been approved for much active cycling and walking infrastructure in County Louth.
The money has been approved under the New Rural Active Travel Investment Programme which will Distribute €72.8 Million in year one of a five-year plan as announced by the National Transport Authority.
While the majority of the funding is earmarket for Drogheda with €1.2m alone allocated for work on St Dominick’s Bridge Independent TD Peter Fitzpatrick has pointed to €40m in funding which was awarded to Louth last year for Coastal Protection Works.
“It’s great to see money being granted to Louth for sustainable transport options which will encourage people to leave their cars, motorbikes, vans etc at home where possible. There will be funds made available for projects in Dundalk connecting the inner relief Rd to Riverside Walk on the Dublin Road and from Ard Easmuinn Rd to Train Station/Friary School and the bus station to the train station.
“I also want people to remember that there is a lot more money available to spend in this area thanks to a €40m worth of funding which was awarded last year as part of coastal protection works. That money has been ring-fenced and will be available to spend soon. I have been a keen advocate for the Dundalk to Blackrock walkway and this funding will be used for that project,” explained Peter.
“In July of last year we brought in consultants to draw plans for this walkway and they are due to come back with their recommendations in the next month or two. Any shortfall of costings will be made up by Louth County Council. We have been pushing for a coastal walkway and I think it will be a fantastic addition to the area. As I say we have the money for this project already in the bag and it is now just a case of waiting on the consultants to get back to us before we can start work on the project,” stated Deputy Fitzpatrick.