Written answers

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Transport Policy

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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92. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide a full breakdown on the progress or lack thereof in respect of the NTA Active Travel Investment Programme projects (details supplied) in County Louth which were allocated €4.6 million in funding in March 2021; if the updates can be provided on a project by project basis; the total funding that the council has drawn down to date or lack thereof for each project and any other relevant details; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50250/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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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 €72.8m for 340 sustainable transport projects in 19 local authorities, including €4.6m to Louth County Council which is referred to by the Deputy.

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for the development of policy and provision of funding in relation to Active Travel. The National Transport Authority (NTA), meanwhile, has responsibility for the 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 Active Travel Programme in Co. Louth to the NTA for a more detailed reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.


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