Wednesday, 2 March 2022
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
69. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the €240 million funding for 468 sustainable travel projects in a funding programme directed at the four Dublin councils, the three other counties in the greater Dublin area, that is, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow and the local authorities covering the regional cities, that is, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Limerick City and County Council, Galway City Council and Waterford City and County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11958/22]
70. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the €72.8 million funding for 340 sustainable transport projects in 19 local authority areas allocated in 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11959/22]
71. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the funding not yet disbursed under the two significant allocations for sustainable travel projects in 2021, €240 million and €72.8 million respectively has been carried over into 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11960/22]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 69 to 71, inclusive, together.
The Programme for Government committed that €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.
In 2021 my Department allocated €240 million to support the addition of 233 new walking and cycling projects in the Greater Dublin Area and Regional Cities. Last year I was also delighted to announce an allocation of €72.8m for 340 sustainable transport projects in 19 local authorities for the first ever Active Travel investment programme for rural local authorities.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) is responsible for the development and implementation of public transport and Active Travel infrastructure, allocating the funding provided by my Department at project level and working in conjunction with the relevant local authorities. The NTA work with the local authorities to determine the projects and precise funding allocations for the current year. The full list of allocations is then published on the NTA's website. In 2021 unspent capital funding was carried into 2022 as approved by my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.