On the right road: €380,000 given to upgrades around county Wicklow
A total of €378,000 has been set aside to create, upgrade and improve cycleways and footpaths all around county Wicklow.
The funding has been made available as part of the Active Travel and Climate Change Adaptation scheme as part of a €38 million investment in sustainable travel.
The money is being made available for climate change adaptation measures under the Department’s regional and local road maintenance and renewal grant programme. Five projects in all are being funded.
The funding has been made available under the Government’s July Jobs Stimulus Plan and is part of a larger €115 million package for sustainable transport and the renewal of transport infrastructure.
The Active Travel grant scheme will see communities across Wicklow benefiting from improved and more accessible walking and cycling infrastructure.
The projects included in the scheme include €180,000 to improve roads near Garrymore that have been badly damaged from sustained flooding caused by heavy rains.
Green Party TD for Wicklow Steven Matthews has welcomed the announcement.
“I’m delighted that Wicklow received this funding from Minister Eamon Ryan’s department. It is an unfortunate fact that more and more extreme weather events will occur and this is why we fought so hard to include carbon emissions reductions in the Programme for Government,” he said.
“Climate Change has long since ceased to be that thing we need to worry about down the road. Years of inaction have left us with a lot of catching up to do. In the meantime we must deal with the immediate challenges presented to us by the consequences of climate change events on our roads.”