ROAD space in Letterkenny will be reallocated for walking and cycling infrastructure as part of a government scheme designed to link residential areas with key sites in the town.
The Pathfinder Programme was launched by Transport Minister, Eamon Ryan on Monday. It includes 35 transport projects to be delivered by local authorities and agencies around the country within the next three years.
One of the successful projects will be delivered in Letterkenny where a series of pedestrian and cyclist schemes will service key destinations and link residential areas with educational, employment and commercial hubs.
“Donegal County Council will deliver a series of pedestrian- and cyclist-focused schemes aimed at improving the 10min-town active travel journey between key destinations throughout Letterkenny. The Project includes two schemes linked to Safe Routes to School, and will link residential areas with education, employment, commercial, recreational, retail and tourist sites through high-quality walking and cycling infrastructure.”
The Pathfinder Programme is focused on reducing carbon emissions in the transport sector, by enabling the shift to cleaner transport choices.
The Pathfinder Programme will bring increased momentum to the delivery of projects at a local level, providing templates for replication and scaling up elsewhere and with a strong emphasis on experimental and innovative approaches.
LetterkennySpeaking at the launch, Minister Ryan said: “Decarbonising transport presents an enormous challenge, one which requires a fundamental change in how we travel including a shift in our mindset and choices. By 2025 the selected pathfinder projects will be in action, improving the communities in which they will be implemented, and demonstrating to other localities how our system can be transformed.”