Over €5m for in active travel projects in Mayo

The National Transport Authority (NTA ) has confirmed that funding of €5,027,724 has been approved to Mayo County Council for the provision of sustainable transport projects throughout County Mayo.

The funding for Mayo are: (1 ) Castlebar MD: €935k, (2 ) Ballina MD: €602k, (3 ) Claremorris / Swinford MD: €593k, (4 ) Ballyhaunis GAA Pitch Travel Extension: €152k, (4 ) Urban Greenway Swinford: €80k, (5 ) Westport / Belmullet MD: €545k, (6 ) Mayo County Council Active Travel Office/ Staff: €271k, (7 ) Transport/Mobility Plans: €246k, (8 ) Pedestrian Crossings / Lines & Junctions / Cycling Parking: €642k and (9 ) Outdoor Infrastructure: €279k. 

Fianna Fáil TD, Dara Calleary welcomed the funding saying: " I am pleased to welcome very significant funding for Mayo under the Active Travel Scheme with just over €5million allocated to the Local Authority. This funding will see investment in each of our Municipal Areas and involves footpath construction and walking/cycling facilities in many towns and villages throughout the county.

"Included in the schedule of works are footpath plans for many towns and villages including smaller centres such as Attymas, Bonniconlon, Lahardane and Balla, as well as footpath packages for Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Belmullet Castlebar, Charlestown, Claremorris, Foxford and Swinford.

"I want to congratulate Mayo County Council Officials and Elected Representatives for their input into these projects - I am pleased to have been able to play my part in securing the funding and I look forward now to seeing each of these projects commencing and being completed without delay," he said

Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon said: “This funding will make walking and cycling more attractive, safe and accessible to everyone and it will make a real difference in our communities across County Mayo.”

"This funding will support the rollout of high-quality active travel infrastructure in rural towns and villages across Mayo,” he commented: “This safe and accessible infrastructure will ensure that our local communities are better connected, and that healthier forms of travel continue to become a more attractive choice for the people of Mayo."

Fine Gael Deputy Michael Ring stated: "Forty-five Active Travel projects in Mayo will receive funding. This funding will bring a renewed vibrancy to our regional towns and villages. It is vital that we continue to fund active travel projects. This funding is aimed at making walking and cycling in our villages and towns safe and sustainable".


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