Galway County Council will receive €3.6 million in funding for Active Travel and Climate Change Adaptation measures on Galway’s roads.
The Department for Transport has announced that 26 council will receive €14 million for climate change adaptation measures, and €33 million will go to 22 councils for active travel projects under the July stimulus package.
These are part of an overall allocations of €115 million in the July stimulus package to encourage sustainable transport and the renewal of our transport infrastructure
Galway County Council has been allocated €2.6 million for a total of 41 projects to encourage Active Travel.
These include €205,000 for the resurfacing and widening of the walkway at Corry’s Field in Loughrea, €150,000 to create cycle tracks on the R446 and R458 roads, and another €150,000 for the upgrading of footpaths at Castleblakeney Village.
And the county will receive a further €1 million for 23 climate change adaptation measures.
Works to protect a number of roads across South Galway from frequent flooding by starting work on raising the level of the roads have been awarded €150,000.
Another €110,000 will go towards upgrading the surface water drainage system on the Laurencetown to Eyrecourt road.
The funding was welcomed by Galway Senator Aisling Dolan, who said that it is wonderful to see this kind of investment in towns and villages.
“The Active Travel grant scheme is a very positive initiative which will see communities across Co. Galway benefiting from improved and more accessible walking and cycling infrastructure as well as stimulating local employment.”
“The projects included in the scheme can make a real difference to our safety and encourage people to become more active with their families.”
Minister of State, Hildegarde Naughton 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.”
The full list of projects in Galway which have been awarded funding is: