Some €1.6m has been allocated for the design and delivery of walking and cycling improvements in the Swords area this year.
This is part of a programme of €21m in walking and cycling infrastructure grants for Fingal in 2024.
Areas listed for works include Brackenstown, Rivervalley, Seatown and the R132 junctions. There is also funding being allocated for the design of Round 2 of the Safe Routes to Schools programme which will benefit St Columcilles GNS and Holy Family NS in Rivervalley.
The funding will also cover the build out of the new Swords to the Airport link as well as the Swords Cycling Network, although it’s not clear what part of the town will benefit from that.
Cllr Ian Carey said:
“It is brilliant to see the continued high level of funding for walking and cycling improvements in Swords. It is badly needed. For a town just 5km by 5km, many journeys could be done by bike if it was safer and more convenient to do it. That’s what this funding is there to do. In time it will fundamentally change the town and the way people get around. It will help reduce emissions, make streets safer, improve air quality, and make people more active and health.
“In the next round of allocations what I would like to see is funding for the connection between Swords and Malahide so that we can connect to the new Broadmeadow Greenway, when it is complete. I also want to see the river greenways along the Ward and Broadmeadow allocated some money soon to help deliver on those connections.”