Wednesday 19 December 2018
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D., this evening announced that he has asked the National Transport Authority (NTA) to establish a new Cycling Office. This is in addition to the increased funding Minister Ross is making available to support cycling in 2019.
Minister Ross said: “I’ve asked the NTA establish this new Office to ensure much needed cycling infrastructure is delivered as quickly as possible. Next year I’m increasing funding for cycling and walking programmes by around 33% to €48million which represents 10% of my Department’s total capital expenditure on public and sustainable transport in 2019. However, those allocations don’t capture all of the funding being made available to cycling and walking next year.
Cycling will also benefit from the additional money being allocated toward the planning and design of the BusConnects programme. This will deliver around 200km of largely segregated cycle lanes and tracks.
In 2019 Minister of State Brendan Griffin and I will also announce the funding allocations under the €53million Greenways Strategy. Simultaneously funding is also being made available through the Government’s Urban and Rural Regeneration and Development Funds.”
In 2019 a number of significant cycling projects will commence construction, including –
- Royal Canal Phases 2, 3 and 4
- Dodder Greenway
- Clontarf to City Centre (via Amiens Street)
- Kildare Royal Canal
- Cork – McCurtain Street
The Minister continued:
“Next year Dublin City Council, supported by my Department, are hosting Velo City 2019, a major international cycling conference. This is an excellent opportunity to promote cycling in Ireland. I am pleased that our hosting of the conference will be accompanied by the sounds of construction on a number of significant projects across the city and beyond.”