OVER 30 projects in Donegal are set to benefit from €4.5m in active travel grants to improve walking and cycling infrastructure in 2023.
This substantial investment will fund approximately 36 Active Travel projects in Donegal.
This includes the development of segregated cycle lanes and widened footpaths, new walking and cycling bridges, and new pedestrian crossings in towns and areas close to schools.
Construction is expected on dozens of front of school treatments throughout 2023.
The projects aim have a positive impact on the health and well-being of Donegal residents, making communities safer and more accessible for walkers and cyclists.
The biggest benefactors from the grant is Donegal Town one way active travel scheme with €650,000 awarded followed by rural towns and villages active travel schemes with €514,000, and Fintown active travel scheme with €415,000.
€350,000 each has been awarded to Lifford Cycleway, St Johnston National School, Ramelton National School and St Eunan’s National School, Raphoe, while €250,000 has been awarded to Active Travel Team Staff Costs. Other schemes to receive €200,000 funding include Letterkenny Town active travel pathfinder schemes, low cost junction tightening and pedestrian crossing schemes while Portsalon active travel scheme has been granted €225,000.
Other key projects to be funded include the Ballyshannon to Bundoran Active Travel cycle scheme, the Dungloe footpath scheme, and the Letterkenny Cathedral one way active travel scheme.
The funding will also support active travel initiatives in Culdaff, Stranorlar, Raphoe and Convoy, Dunfanaghy, Buncrana and Rathmullan.
Commenting Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Donegal TD Charlie McCoanlogue said, “I am delighted to confirm funding right across County Donegal today for active travel. This will help to make our communities safer and more accessible.
“As a key part of this announcement, Active Travel funding will ensure that the Safe Routes to School programme will continue to provide for safer cycling and walking facilities for many more schools across the country,” said Mr McConalogue.