Thursday, 16 December 2021
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
230. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the Santry river greenway project will be included in the recently announced cross-border greenway network; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62866/21]
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 almost 1,000 kilometres of improved walking and cycling infrastructure by 2025 as well as additional investment in Greenways.
I understand that the Santry River Greenway project was allocated €100k in June 2021.
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.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) are developing a National Cycle Network, and this is what the Taoiseach was referring to recently. That Network will link the existing Cycle Network plans in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) and Regional cities with the developing cycle networks around the country. As the Santry River Greenway is included in the GDA Cycle Network it will therefore be included in the National Cycle Network.