September 18, 2020
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The road to recovery: Wicklow allocated €3.342m for local projects under stimulus

Wicklow has been allocated funding totalling some €3.342m covering 25 projects supporting pedestrian and cyclist movement and to enhance accessibility in towns and villages by the National Transport Authority.

The funding was allocated under the July Jobs Stimulus Plan announced by the Government last and is among measures designed to stimulate a jobs-led recovery and build economic confidence in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Local authorities in the Greater Dublin Area and the metropolitan areas of Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford were eligible to apply for funding under the scheme. The funding is to support local authorities’ response to Covid-19 challenges and assist in equipping local communities and businesses with improved walking and cycling infrastructure.

The funding will also allow for changes to traffic management arrangements to facilitate the reallocation of overall road space to improve facilities and safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Funding allocations have been made solely for design and works which can be completed by the end of November 2020.

In welcoming the allocation for Wicklow, Cllr Pat Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council said: “I am delighted that the NTA is supporting these key pedestrian and cycling projects in the county which will make our towns and villages more attractive and accessible both for local residents and leisure visitors alike. I look forward to seeing these projects implemented in the weeks ahead.”

Mr. Michael Nicholson, Deputy Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, also welcomed the NTA’s quick turnaround and approval of the projects for Wicklow and complimented the preparatory work put in by staff and local communities in bringing local projects to this stage.

He indicated that “the projects that the NTA is funding will make a real difference in terms of delivering a safe and sustainable environment for active travel, whether that be to work, school or to shop in our local communities. The Council will be acting quickly to deliver these projects in advance of the end November 2020 deadline.”

A list of the projects to be funded is attached.

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