The National Transport Authority has announced allocations totalling €45.39m for 80 sustainable transport projects in Cork City and County.
Of the 80 projects in Cork, 39 are entirely new and will receive funding of over €18m.
The others are existing projects for which ongoing funding over €27m to be provided to Cork City Council and Cork County Council.
Among existing projects being funded are the first phase of the Mahon to Marina Greenway in Cork city and the Ballinacurra to Midleton cycle route in Cork county, which has been allocated €3.2m and €1.3m respectively.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh said:
“This significant investment in the city’s infrastructure will help make cycling, walking and public transport more accessible by upgrading and developing new infrastructure in the city centre, suburbs and towns. I am delighted to see the Government delivering for the city by investing in these new facilities which will not only improve our infrastructure but our quality of life.”
The new projects being funded include cycle detection at signalised junctions and cycling support measures in Cork City which will see an allocation of €800,000 and automatic bollards which will support the implementation of 17 new pedestrianised streets which will help to facilitate active travel within the city, with an allocation of €615,000.
Chief Executive of Cork City Council, Ann Doherty said:
“The National Planning Framework 2040 envisages that Cork will become the fastest growing city region in the country with a projected 50%-60% increase in population in the next 20 years. This demonstrates unprecedented confidence in Cork and its future but such significant projected growth means that we need more sustainable transport options so that the increased numbers living, working and visiting our city can move around easily and sustainably.”
For the full list of Cork City’s project to receive funding click here.
In Cork County, Bothar Guidel Road cycle lane will see €35,000 in funding and the Carrigtwohill to Middleton Cycle Route will receive €100,000.
The NTA is also helping to realise the ambition of the Cork Metropolitan Area Draft Transport Strategy 2040 with new funding for the Lee to Sea Cycle Route Study.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD said that the allocation marks a massive step forward in providing green sustainable transport options to our cities, suburbs and hinterlands.