€4 million boost for cycling and pedestrian routes throughout county Kilkenny
More than €4.3Million has been announced for walking and cycling infrastructure across county Kilkenny.
The funding has been made available by the National Transport Authority (NTA) for the provision of sustainable transport projects.
Overall, the projects allocated funding in Kilkenny will receive €4,333,000 and will include an allocation of €1,100,000 for the development of a new one-way system at Bridge Street in Callan, €120,000 for improvement works at Cootes Lane, €100k for the city centre traffic management plan and €135k for improvement works at Parliament street among other projects.
Making the announcement of the funding, Kilkenny Deputy John McGuinness says it will greatly enhance the counties. “This is very positive news.
“It is part of a €70 Million national fund that we are rolling out today across the country to improve cycling and walking infrastructure.
“Connecting communities by enhancing walking and cycling routes is of huge importance and encouraging walking and cycling is also part of our plan in terms of tackling climate change. This funding will take us a long way in that regard,” he concluded.
The news has also been welcomed by Kilkenny County Council, Chairman Andrew McGuinness, who said, “I’m delighted to welcome this positive news and look forward to seeing all of the funded projects come to fruition resulting in high quality walking and cycling networks throughout Kilkenny City and County.
“I’m particularly happy to see such a level of funding being invested into areas like Callan and Freshford but also much needed cycle improvements on the Ring Road, enhancement works at St Kieran’s Street and the substantial funding for our Safe School Zones. Today is a good day for Kilkenny,” Cllr McGuinness concluded.