Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Departmental Programmes

Darren O'Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein)
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1062. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the active travel projects funded by his Department in each of the years 2018, 2019 and 2020 by project name, project details, county and cost in tabular form. [6752/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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As the Deputy may be aware, funding for active travel is provided under a number of different programmes, of which the two principal ones are the Smarter Travel / Sustainable Urban Transport programme and the Cycling and Walking programme, while funding is also provided to support the Green Schools programme.

The following table provides details of expenditure in 2018 and 2019 and the indicative allocation for 2020 as budgeted at the start of the year (some figures have been rounded) –

2018
2019
2020
Total
€39m
€45m
€107m
Smarter Travel / Sustainable Urban Transport
€20m
€17m
€28m
Green Schools Travel
€1.43m
€1.45m
€1.65m
Cycling / Walking Programme
€18m
€27m
€77m

Under both the Smarter Travel / Sustainable Urban Transport programme and the Cycling / Walking programme funding at individual project level is largely managed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have therefore referred your question to the NTA for a more detailed reply with regard to individual projects. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

However, within the Smarter Travel / Sustainable Urban Transport Programme, a portion of the funding (€3.5m in 2018, €4.3m in 2019 and estimated €8m in 2020) is directly administered by my Department and relates to –

- Bike Week: an annual promotional event for cycling,

- and & Campus Programmes: promoting sustainable travel options,

- Cycle Right: the national cycle training programme,

- INTERREG: an EU supported cross-border programme,

and until 2018 also included the Active Travel Town programme and the Smarter Travel Area programme, both of which have now ended.

Funding in relation to these initiatives is not necessarily recorded and / or readily available at a county level and neither is expenditure under the Green Schools Travel programme.

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