NTA Investment in Cycling Infrastructure Continues to Expand

Events

Home  /  Events

Upcoming Events

NTA Investment in Cycling Infrastructure Continues to Expand

20 September 2021

The National Transport Authority has published its Sustainable Transport Measures Grants (STMG) annual report detailing a significant increase in spending for 2020, showing the NTA investment in cycling infrastructure. The various projects in the programme include COVID and Stimulus Funding, comprising €72.7m in the Greater Dublin Area, and €35m for regional cities.

The NTA has operated the STMG programme that provides funding to local authorities, public transport bodies and other agencies for various transport projects since 2010.

In addition to the €107m expenditure detailed in the 2020 report, NTA also expects to spend €241million on the STMG programme in 2021, representing a doubling in funding allocated in just a year, and a six-fold increase since 2019.

According to the 2020 report, major projects progressed include the Dundrum and Blackrock enhanced access programmes which introduced a re-arranged one-way system for vehicular traffic, with a contra-flow cycle lane in order to create safer, more accessible spaces.

The Railway Street project in Navan was also progressed, which is part of the first phase of the Navan 2030 Town Scheme and included removal of the one-way traffic system and the introduction of two-way traffic.

The report published today coincides with Bike Week 2021, which encourages the public to use cycling as a way of getting around and to use some of the new schemes announced in the report. Spending for the STMG grant in 2020 included 70km of new or improved cycle lanes, 47km of new or upgraded footpaths and 10km of additional greenway added. In total over 80% of funding across the country went to active travel initiatives such as walking and cycling programmes, representing €87.1m of the total spend for 2020.

The STMG programme aims to improve transport options for those choosing alternatives to the private car. The funding has become an important driver of change within the urban centres across the country.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD said, “this report shows the government’s commitment to sustainable transport. We are multiplying spending on active travel and investing in safe commuter routes, revitalised town centres, and greenway amenities. By the end of this year we will have seen a six-fold increase of investment in sustainable transport schemes.”

The 2020 report does, however, highlight the uneven progress made by local authorities, and how the funding of walking and cycling officers at local level helps advance more projects in villages, towns, and cities right across the country.  We also need to make cost-effective, trial measures a bigger share of projects funded under the STMG programme. Increased spending alone will not solve traffic chaos, it must be matched with vision, courage, and a willingness to embrace proven ways of creating healthier communities.”

Anne Graham CEO of the NTA said about the investment in cycling infrastructure, “the figures contained in today’s report show a really significant increase in our investments in sustainable transport despite the challenges which 2020 has presented. Sustainable transport is becoming more and more popular and we at the NTA are determined to meet this demand. In 2020 we engaged with 7 new local authorities to provide more rural regions with sustainable transport options and we have continued this trend in 2021.”

“In the post-COVID world people are looking for different ways in which to travel and commute and we are listening and responding. I am confident that the work from 2020 and our future sustainable transport measure grants will make travelling sustainably easier and safer than ever before.”

Source: Council Journal

The post NTA Investment in Cycling Infrastructure Continues to Expand appeared first on Linkline Journal - Ireland.

Print
«October 2021»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
272829

Dublin Port Publishes Infrastructure Charges Pricing Strategy 2022-2026

Dublin Port Company (DPC) has published a new Pricing Strategy, which provides for increases in port infrastructure charges over the five-year period from 2022 to 2026, in accordance with...
Read more
30123
4

€1 Promotional Fare With New TFI Go App

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has announced an introductory offer of €10 for 10 journeys for customers using the new TFI Go mobile ticketing app. The offer is available on city bus...
Read more
56

Revised National Development Plan Will Transform How We Travel

The Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan T.D. and Minister of State, Hildegarde Naughton T.D. have announced details of a €35 billion investment package for our transport system – as part of the...
Read more
78910
11

Stories of Hope and Recovery go on Tour at Bus Éireann Stations Nationwide

Expressway, Ireland’s premium inter-regional coach service, has partnered again with Grow Mental Health to celebrate World Mental Health Month and raise awareness of mental health issues. From...
Read more
1213

Budget 2022 to Help Transform How We Travel

Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD, and Minister of State, Hildegarde Naughton TD, have welcomed the overall Budget 2022 allocation of €3.4 billion for travel next year for the Department of...
Read more
14151617
18

Irish-French Sea Connections Reach 44 With Dunkirk Terminal

Minister for European Affairs Thomas Byrne has inaugurated a new Irish terminal at the French ferry port of Dunkirk, with Irish-French sea connections rising from 12 before Brexit to 44 now. It...
Read more
1920

3 Key Strategies to Build an Operationally Agile Supply Chain

The past year has made the challenges of the supply chain process even more stark, with the need to build an operationally agile supply chain more important than ever. Harvard Business...
Read more
21222324
25262728293031
1234567