€3m boost to put Kilkenny walking and cycling trails on right track
Kilkenny has been allocated €3 million in Government funding to improve local walking and cycling tracks.
It is part of the Coalition’s €239 million spending on walking and cycling infrastructure in urban areas for 2022 announced by Transport Minister Eamon Ryan this week.
Some of the funding is for planning and design of new projects, while others are for implementation of existing works.
Welcoming the announcement, the leader of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Fidelis Doherty, said: “It is great to see further investment in active travel for 2022 with 26 projects receiving funding in Kilkenny. This funding will accelerate delivery of sustainable transport modes and encourage walking, cycling and provide permeability in our city and county towns.”
The work projects include:
- Public lighting on urban footpaths, walkways and cycleways;
- Re-instatement of link from Ring Road to Cootes Lane and enhancement to Coote’s Lane;
- Commence implementation of one-way in Callan;
- Footpath development throughout the city and county.
Feasibility and Design works include:
- Cycle routes in Kilkenny city and Environs;
- George Semple Bridge Improvement Study;;
- School Safety zones.
The Mayor of Kilkenny Municipal District, Cllr Andrew McGuinness, said: “Improvements to cycle routes will encourage more of the residents in the City to cycle to work, school and to access the city-centre and help to reduce unnecessary use of cars and associated emissions.”