Midlands allocated €15.5 million for Active Travel

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has allocated €15.5 million in funding to local authorities in the Midlands with a view to spending on walking and cycling infrastructure in 2024. This substantial investment will fund approximately 800 Active Travel projects throughout the country, with 1,000km of new and improved walking and cycling infrastructure between 2020 and 2025, a key target included in a number of Government Climate and Road Safety Strategies. This includes the development of segregated cycle lanes and widened footpaths, new walking and cycling bridges, and new pedestrian crossings.

Midlands Allocations

2024 will be the year that the Government’s total investment for active travel infrastructure since 2020 will be at the €1bn mark. Let’s have a look at where the funding will go in the midlands region.

Laois

Funding of €3m for Laois, will allow for many projects already started to be progressed, such as the Triogue Way in Portlaoise with Phase 2 – “Parklands” which will receive €750,000, the largets allocation of the money in Laois. It is part of the construction of a shared, pedestrian and cycle route from The People’s Park off Timahoe Road to Green Mill Lane, off the Ridge Road. €500,000 is to be spent on the provision of bus stops/shelters in Laois.

Table A: Laois County Council
Active Travel Investment Grants 2024:                                                    
Project CodeProject Name2024 Allocation
Laois County Council
LS/21/0003Father Browne Avenue Cycle Scheme, Portlaoise50,000
LS/21/0006Active Travel Scheme, Dublin Road, Portlaoise50,000
LS/21/0018Low Cost Junction Tightening / Pedestrian Crossing Schemes200,000
LS/21/0020SRTS – St Paul’s N.S., Mountmellick50,000
LS/22/0001Portlaoise Local Transport Plan75,000
LS/22/0004Active Travel Office – Staff Costs330,000
LS/23/0024Rapid Deployment – R445 Mountrath Rd, Portlaoise300,000
LS/23/0012Active Travel, Permeability Scheme, Mountmellick300,000
LS/23/0018Active Travel, Permeability Scheme, Portarlington5,000
LS/23/0025Active Travel Scheme, Borris Rd, Portlaoise400,000
LS/23/0028Triogue Way, Portlaoise – Phase 2- Parklands750,000
LS/23/0029Triogue Way, Portlaoise – Phase 3 -Trogue way to N8060,000
LS/23/0027SRTS – Camross National School, Camross -R2150,000
LS/24/xxxxPark and Stride, Summerhill, Portlaoise30,000
LS/24/xxxxActive Travel Scheme, Station Road & Canal Road, Portarlington200,000
LS/24/xxxxShared e-bike enabling works50,000
Total:      3,000,000
Allocations Through Other NTA Funding Streams
LS/24/xxxxBus Stop Enhancement Programme500,000
Subtotal:€500,000
 
Total:€3,500,000

Longford

Most of the allocation for Longford – €1,825,267 – is for the R198 Battery Road Pedestrian and Cycle Scheme, Longford Town. €744,733 will go towards the Longford Town N63 Pedestrian and Cycle Scheme and €200,000 to the R392 Ballymahon, Pedestrian and Cycle Improvement Scheme.

Table A: Longford County Council
Active Travel Investment Grants:                                                     2024 Allocations
Project CodeProject Name2024 Allocation
Longford County Council
LD/21/0004Royal Canal Permeability Links Study5,000
LD/21/0005Active Travel Pathfinder: R198 Battery Road Pedestrian and Cycle Scheme, Longford Town1,825,267
LD/21/0006Aghafad Pedestrian and Cycle Scheme, Longford Town25,000
LD/21/0007R392 Ballymahon, Pedestrian and Cycle Improvement Scheme200,000
LD/21/0008Granard, Market St to Barrack Lane, Pedestrian and Cycle Scheme90,000
LD/21/0009Granard, R194 Longford Road Pedestrian and Cycle Scheme140,000
LD/21/0010Active Travel Pathfinder: Longford Town – N63 Pedestrian and Cycle Scheme744,733
LD/21/0015Ennybegs – Pedestrian and Cycle Facilities in 50KpH Zone linking Village to School35,000
LD/22/0001Active Travel Offices – Staff Costs280,000
LD/23/0011SRTS (R2) Scoil Mhuire Clondra75,000
LD/23/0012SRTS (R2) St. Teresa’s Clontumpher10,000
  LD/24/XXXX  Royal Canal Greenway Link to Market Square   30,000
LD/24/XXXXTemplemichael Cycleway and Camlin Bridge to Mall, Longford Town10,000
LD/24/XXXXLower Battery Road, Church Street30,000
Total:€  3,500,000
 
Allocations Through Other NTA Funding Streams
LD/24/xxxxBus Stop Enhancement Programme500,000
Subtotal:€500,000
 
Total:€4,000,000

Offaly

Edenderry alone will receive funding totalling €850,000 for a range of active travel measures. Among the other main allocations was €322,000 for Phase One of the Tullamore Cycle Network, while a further €85,000 has been earmarked for the implementation of the town’s transport plan. The Spollenstown Road Active Travel Scheme in Tullamore will receive €168,000 while a further €125,000 has been allocated to the Tullamore Urban Greenway Project.

Part of the proposed cycle link through Sragh Technology Park, in red

Table A: Offaly County Council
Active Travel Investment Grants:                                                         2024 Allocations
Project CodeProject Name2024 Allocation
Offaly County Council
OY/21/0001Tullamore Transport Plan71,500
OY/21/0002Tullamore Cycle Network Phase 1253,650
OY/21/0003Active Travel Footpaths Improvements: Birr & Crinkill32,850
OY/21/0006Active Travel Footpath Improvements Cloghan250,000
OY/21/0007Tullamore – Spollenstown Road Active Travel Scheme200,000
OY/21/0011Junction Tightening : Edenderry & Birr96,000
OY/21/0013Tullamore Urban Greenway Project200,000
OY/22/0001Edenderry – R402-1 Junction Upgrade68,500
OY/22/0003Birr – Riverside Walk Upgrade Links61,500
OY/22/0004



OY/22/0005
Rhode – Pedestrian Crossings & Footpath


MUCKLAGH – Brocca Road – Junction/Footpath




140,000



6,500
OY/22/0006Shinrone – Cloughjordan Road Active Travel Scheme207,500
OY/22/0007Ballycumber Active Travel elements10,500
OY/22/0008Active Travel Office – Staff Costs271,000
OY/23/0001Edenderry – SRTS (R1) Design & Cycle Links50,000
OY/23/0003Banagher SRTS (R1) Design Links5,500
OY/23/0004Edenderry Active Travel Elements350,000
OY/24/XXXXKilcormac Village, Kinnity Road Active Travel Elements175,000
OY/24/XXXXCox’s Bridge, R443-2 Clara Rd, Tullamore275,000
OY/24/XXXXEdenderry Harbour & Grand Canal Link275,000
Total:€ 3,000,000
 
Allocations Through Other NTA Funding Streams
OY/24/xxxxBus Stop Enhancement Programme500,000
Subtotal:€500,000
 
Total:€3,500,000

Westmeath

€4m for 21 Active Travel schemes in Westmeath has been announced as part of €290m to local authorities across Ireland for walking and cycling infrastructure in 2024. Among the main Active Travel projects receiving funding in Westmeath is Saunders Bridge, Mullingar, €1,250,000

Plans for Saunders Bridge
Table A: Westmeath County Council
Active Travel Investment Grants:                                                             2024 Allocations
Project CodeProject Name2024 Allocation
Westmeath County Council
WH/21/0001Mullingar Transport Plan133,704
WH/21/0002Saunders Bridge, Mullingar1,250,000
WH/21/0004Harbour Street Active Travel scheme, Mullingar115,000
WH/21/0005Dublin Road Active Travel scheme, Mullingar115,000
WH/21/0006Mount Street Lower Pedestrian Interventions, Mullingar100,000
WH/21/0007Grange South to Orbital C-Link Active Travel scheme, Mullingar100,000
WH/21/0008National Science Park Junction Improvements, Mullingar100,000
WH/21/0009Sundays Well/Lynn Road – Auburn Road/Millmount Road Pedestrian & Cycling Improvements, Mullingar100,000
WH/21/0011Athlone – Footpath & Cycleway Improvements for Six Strategic Routes730,000
WH/21/0013Moate – Footpath & Cycleway Improvements40,000
WH/21/0014Cycle Parking20,000
WH/21/0016Low Cost Junction Tightening/Pedestrian Crossing Schemes50,000
WH/21/0019Low-Cost Permeability Measures50,000
WH/22/0001Active Travel Office – Staff Costs350,000
WH/22/0002Delvin Active Travel scheme5,000
WH/23/0001SRTS (R1) – St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfortbridge25,000
WH/23/0002Ardmore Road Active Travel scheme, Mullingar Phase 280,000
WH/23/0003SRTS (R1) – Scoil Chroí Naofa, Rochfortbridge25,000
WH/23/0004SRTS (R2) – Athlone Community College5,000
WH/23/0005SRTS (R2) – Scoil an Chlochair, Kilbeggan25,000
WH/23/0006Kilbeggan R446 Infrastructure to facilitate National & Secondary Schools581,296
Total: 4,000,000
 
Allocations Through Other NTA Funding Streams
WH/24/xxxxBus Stop Enhancement Programme500,000
Subtotal:€500,000
 
Total:€4,500,000

For more information on Active Travel allocations check the National Transport Authority

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