As part of a major increase in funding for walking and cycling provision in 2022, Swords will receive €4.5m for a number of projects.
The Murrough/St Cronan’s road, the Rivervalley scheme, and the Seatown Road cycle lane will all see major funding this year.
The plan is also committing money for the development of a wider Swords Cycle Network, as part of the Sustainable Swords project.
The design aspect of the R132 Connectivity project will also receive funding as well as some funding for permeability in rural parts of the Local Electoral Area.
” Over 70% of jouneys to work within Swords are taken by car, according to the South Fingal Transport Study. That clearly shows that many people feel they have no option but to get in a car. This is about changing that and giving people the option to walk or hop on a bike for a trip within the town,” said Cllr Ian Carey
“This is crucial if we are to have healthier air, meet our climate targets and encourage people to get active. There are so many benefits to this kind of investment now and into the future. I’m really delighted to see the continued investment in improvements in Swords. I’m also glad to see a strong allocation for Swords as part of the wider €25m allocated to Fingal.”
Green Party Minister Eamon Ryan has secured record funding of €289 million for walking and cycling infrastructure in 2022, covering approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across Ireland. Funding for Active Travel has increased substantially since the Green Party entered government, going from €45 million in 2019 to €184 million in 2021.
* Featured image is from a recent trip of Fingal Councillors to DLR county council to hear about the development of their cycling infrastructure.