Thursday, 15 July 2021
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
160. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department has provided funding for the Santry river greenway; the projected timeline for the commencement and completion of works on the greenway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39040/21]
As the Deputy is likely aware, the Programme for Government committed that approximately €360 million in cross-Government funding will be spent on walking and cycling per annum over the lifetime of the Government. This investment will help support the delivery of around 1,000 kilometres of improved walking and cycling infrastructure by 2025 as well as additional investment in Greenways.
I was delighted to announce earlier this year an allocation of €240 million to Active Travel projects in the Greater Dublin Area and the regional cities, along with an additional €72.8 million to projects in the other local authorities. As part of this €240 million, Dublin City Council was allocated just under €50 million in 2021 for the development of walking and cycling infrastructure and a full list of projects to be progressed this year is available at www.nationaltransport.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2021-Issued-Allocations-Final.pdf.
As Minister, I have responsibility for the development of policy and provision of funding in relation to Active Travel. The National Transport Authority (NTA), meanwhile, has the responsibility of allocation of funding to specific projects and oversight of their development, in cooperation with the local authorities themselves. Given their responsibility in this area, I have referred your question about the Santry Greenway to the NTA for a more detailed reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.