Council allocated €2.4m for paths and cycle tracks

Council allocated €2.4m for paths and cycle tracks

By Aideen O'Flaherty

THE National Transport Authority (NTA) has allocated funding of €2.4m to South Dublin County Council for the reconstruction and renewal of defective footpaths and cycle tracks, the provision of cycle parking, and civil works.

The civil works will include ducting for communications and cabling, the upgrade of signal control equipment, and the installation of radio equipment at locations in Rathfarnham, Firhouse, Knocklyon and Clondalkin.

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South Dublin County Council has received funding of €2.4m from the NTA

The council’s proposals for the funding need to be complete by November 30 this year, and the SDCC is currently commencing arrangements so the projects can be delivered on time to enable them to  draw the funds of €2,440,995.

The local authority applied for the funding from the NTA under the July Job Stimulus package, and the funding is amongst the measures designed to stimulate a jobs-led recovery and build economic confidence in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

According to the NTA, the funding will support local authorities’ response to Covid-19 challenges, and assist with their work to equip local communities and businesses with improved walking and cycling infrastructure.

Speaking at the announcement of the funding allocations last week, Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said: “One of the priorities for this government when we took office in June was to respond to the economic difficulties brought about by the Covid crisis.

“We immediately turned our attention to putting together a package of measures that would go some way to rebooting the economy.

“The projects that the NTA is funding will make a real difference at local level when it comes to improving infrastructure for cycling, and walking, and will make our cities, towns and villages more accessible and attractive for everyone.

“That’s good news for local communities, and good news for the economy.

“I look forward to seeing these projects coming to fruition in the weeks and months ahead.”

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