Walking and cycling projects in Galway city get €12 million funding boost

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Walking and cycling projects in Galway city are set to benefit from almost €12 million in funding from the National Transport Authority.

Among the 33 projects being funded in Galway are the Eglinton Canal and Ballyloughane Road cycle schemes and Greenways from Moycullen to the city and from the city to Barna.

The Ardaun Transport Study focusing on the Martin Junction and the Galway Cross City Link have been allocated €1m and €750,000 respectively.

The €11,865,000 in funding comes as part of €240m which was announced for 468 sustainable transport projects across the country.

Fifteen of the 33 projects to receive funding in Galway are entirely new.

The NTA is also helping to realise the ambition of the Galway Transport Strategy with money allocated to works on the Tuam Road to Moneghisha Junction and on Wolftone Bridge.

This year’s allocations have increased by just over €130m as compared to last year’s and will support the addition of 233 new projects to the NTA’s investment programme in 2021.

Other general plans include the reallocation of overall road space which will include segregated cycling lanes and widened footpaths, cyclist parking, raised pedestrian crossings and reducing road width at crossing points.

“Today’s allocation increase marks a massive step forward in providing green sustainable transport options to our cities, suburbs and hinterlands,” said Minister Eamon Ryan.

“I truly believe commutes via cycling and walking represent the best way for people in Galway to get to where they want to go.

“Since Covid we have seen an increase in cycling and walking, and a reconnection to our local areas. Improving our active infrastructure represents cleaner, shorter and healthier journeys for all.”

A full list of projects in Galway to be funded under this allocation can be found here.