Local Fine Gael Senator welcomes substantial cycleway route funding

The Athlone to Galway cycleway is to receive a funding boost of approximately €300,000, according to Fine Gael Senator for Roscommon-Galway Aisling Dolan, with the team developing the cycleway construction being located adjacent to the new library on Society Street, Ballinasloe.

The Fine Gael Senator confirmed the news under the T11 Local Authorities 2021 Grant Allocation for National Roads.

“In the first round of public consultation in September 2020, we witnessed over 600 submissions with 200 alone coming through my office in Ballinasloe. As a champion for Ballinasloe on the cycleway route, I am glad to see the continuing commitments from the Department of Transport to this project team in Ballinasloe, especially in these challenging times of Covid-19. We need safe places to walk and cycle.

The Fine Gael Senator stated that the funding news was a massive boost to the region.

“Ballinasloe is a strong choice for next destination in the west and Hidden Heartlands along the Grand Canal and River Suck blueways and Marina. The cycleway will provide a fantastic infrastructure for our families and communities to walk and cycle and will transform our towns and villages.

“This fund through TII gives funding to local authorities to progress the cycleway routes,” Senator Dolan asserted.

Senator Dolan explained that as per the recent website update from the Project Team, the second round of public consultations will begin towards the end of January 2021 with the presentation of a number of route corridors.

“With the presence of level five restrictions, most of these engagements will be through virtual online meetings and the Greenway Project Team will also circulate leaflets to households and advertise in local newspapers.

“The team are available to discuss any queries at [email protected] or by calling 091 509267,” Senator Dolan concluded.

 

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