A total of €1,580,000 has been allocated for Active Travel and Climate Change Adaption measures in Co. Roscommon a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Senator Aisling Dolan is delighted to welcome the funding which has been made available under the Government’s July Jobs Stimulus Plan and is part of the overall €115 million package for sustainable transport and the renewal of our transport infrastructure.
Senator Dolan said: “The Active Travel grant scheme is a very positive initiative which will see communities across Co. Roscommon benefiting from improved and more accessible walking and cycling infrastructure as well as stimulating local employment.
One of my main objectives is creating more safe places for people to walk and cycle – now close to €1.6 million has been secured for Co. Roscommon
“The projects included in the scheme can make a real difference to our safety and encourage people to become more active with their families – It’s wonderful to see this investment in our towns and villages with projects such as;
v €250k committed for cycle track/greyway on the N61 Knockcroghery to Lecarrow Road
v €220k to build new footpaths & Toucan crossing at Crannagh, Summerhill close to Drum Community Centre & just in time for the 560 students as they come back to their new school building at Coláiste Chiarán
This type of funding of close to €1,110,000 million for Active Travel Measures across Co. Roscommon will allow initiatives such as
Ø footpaths and cycle ways that allow children to walk/cycle to school and to local sport clubs;
Ø the dishing of footpaths and pedestrian crossings that improve access to local amenities and links to public transport,
Ø and improvements to town and village centres that will support our hard hit retail and hospitality sectors.
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
“A total of €470,000 is being made available to Co. Roscommon for climate change adaptation measures under the Department’s regional and local road maintenance and renewal grant programme with projects such as;
Ø €185k committed to drainage works in Athleague & Castlecoote
Ø €140 for works to alter road levels to mitigate flooding in Cloneen, Muckanagh
“The recent severe weather has again highlighted the challenges presented by climate change on our road infrastructure. The Climate Change Adaptation grants now being provided will help Co. Roscommon to deal with the essential repairs needed in the aftermath of the severe weather but also to take steps towards making their road networks more resilient in the longer term. And to pay tribute to our excellent roads teams within Roscommon Co Council that do formidable work in the aftermath of severe storms to protect people and property – this investment is very much welcome to assist these teams’.
Minister of State, Hildegarde Naughton TD, said: “Families and businesses in our villages, towns and cities right across the country will benefit from these important ‘shovel ready’ projects as soon as November this year. The funding being announced today will go a long way in facilitating a secure environment for our children in their daily commute to school as part of our work on the Safe Routes to School initiative.”