Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, has announced the allocation by the National Transport Authority of more than €23 million for sustainable transport projects in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) under the Sustainable Transport Measures Grants (STMG) Programme for 2016. These projects, which include improvements to bus, cycle and pedestrian routes and revisions to traffic management systems are designed to encourage greater use of sustainable and public transport options, reduce congestion and facilitate economic activity in the GDA.
The total funding being allocated in 2016 is €23.21 million. This will be distributed between 121 projects within the Greater Dublin Area, including Kildare, Meath and Wicklow County Councils. Provision is also being made for projects at a number of third level campuses across the GDA that will encourage students to take the bus or to cycle to and from college.
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’.
In the Dublin area, key projects include:
- The construction of the S2S Pedestrian / Cycle Scheme
- The expansion of the Dublin Bikes Scheme
- The provision of a parallel pedestrian footbridge at Newcomen Bridge
- Completion of Chapelizod Bypass Bus Lane Scheme
- Implementation of a number of measures to provide enhanced Bus Priority
- Royal Canal Cycle Route (preliminary design and completion of planning process and commencement of construction at Maynooth)
- Completion of construction of Tallaght to Templeogue cycle route
- N11 Cycle Facilities Upgrade
- N11 Johnstown Roads Junction improvements
Outside Dublin city, funding will be used to identify and progress designs for improved bus, cycle and pedestrian networks in the growing suburbs of Swords, Blanchardstown, Tallaght, Bray and other urban centres in Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.