Dolan welcomes funding to operate Greenway Project Office

The Galway to Athlone Cycleway in County Galway as part of the large TII Dublin-Galway route in County Galway is to receive a funding boost of some €300,000, according to Senator for Roscommon-Galway Aisling Dolan.

The team that are developing the Cycleway are based in a premises adjacent to the new library on Society Street, Ballinasloe.

The Fine Gael Senator confirmed the news under the T11 Local Authorities2021 Grant Allocation for National Roads. Roads in County Galway are to receive funding of €26,863,090 million for improvement works and €1,072,281 for maintenance works with a total allocation of €28,535,371.

Senator Aisling Dolan said: “In the first round of public consultation in September 2020, we saw over 600 submissions with 200 alone coming through my office in Ballinasloe. As a champion for Ballinasloe on the Greenway 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 said it 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. It will transform our towns and villages. This fund through TII gives 100% funding to Local Authorities to progress the Greenway routes.”

Senator Dolan explained that as per the recent website update from the Project Team, Round Two of Public Consultations will begin towards the end of January 2021 with the presentation of a number of route corridors.

“With the prospect 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.

 

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