Fine Gael T.D. for Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal and North Roscommon Frank Feighan and Minister for State at the Department for Health Frank Feighan has said that a total of €4.5 Million has been allocated for Active Travel and Climate Change Adaption measures in the Sligo – Leitrim Constituency this week.
Minister Feighan said the funding has been made available under the Government’s July Jobs Stimulus Plan and is part of the overall €115 million package for sustainable transport and the renewal of our transport infrastructure.
€1,04900 has been made available to Co. Leitrim, €1,043,200 has been made available to Co. Sligo and €490,000 to North Roscommon under the active travel allocations scheme. A number of projects are funded.
In the Boyle area, €350,000 is being allocated for 1,300 meters of footpaths, traffic calming, new parking arragements, cycle paths and public lighting in Abbeytown, €90,000 for road height works at Lisserdrea, Boyle to alleviate flooding and €50,000 for an on line cycle path, lining and signage linking Carrick on Shannon with Lough Key Forest Park.
Minister Feighan also said: “The Active Travel grant scheme is a very positive initiative which will see communities in the Sligo – Leitrim constituency benefiting from improved and more accessible walking and cycling infrastructure as well as stimulating local employment.
“A total of €1.8 Million is being made available in Sligo and Leitrim for climate change adaptation measures under the Department’s regional and local road maintenance and renewal grant programme. €1.480,000 in Leitrim and €354,000 in Sligo.
“The recent severe weather has again highlighted the challenges presented by climate change on our road infrastructure. The Climate Change Adaptation grants now being provided will help Sligo and Leitrim County Council to deal with the essential repairs needed in the aftermath of the severe weather but also to take steps towards making their road networks more resilient in the longer term.
Minister Feighan added “The provision of a new on line cycle track, road pavement and lining and signage on the route between Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle and Carrick on Shannon will prove to be a game changer in the efforts to encourage activity tourists to access the location and that it is yet another step towards the full linking up of the many great greenway projects in the Northwest”..
“As Minister for Wellbeing I want to see the Greenways in Sligo, Ballinamore, Manorhamilton and beyond all linked up with the other activity tourism infrastructure in the region such as the Blueway in order improve to accessibility for visiting activity tourists, but also to help to improve our ability to exercise and improve our own health and wellbeing”.