Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Questions (229)

Timmy Dooley

Question:

230 Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the engagement, if any, that has taken place between him, or officials within his Department, with the various stakeholders, including Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council, in relation to the development of the Royal Canal path in Dublin as a commuting, tourism and recreational facility, similar to the improvements that have taken place to the Grand Canal path over recent years, including the estimated cost of any such development. [4195/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport)

The development of cycle routes is driven in the first instance by the relevant local authorities around the country. My Department provides infrastructure funding for some such local authority projects under specific defined programmes. Funding was provided to Dublin City Council, at a cost of approximately €5.5 million, for the recently completed city centre elements of the Dublin Canals Cycle route. The route runs from Portobello to the junction of Upper Sheriff Street and the overall design envisaged a link between the S2S and Canals route on the north side of the River Liffey which may incorporate an element of redevelopment of the Royal Canal path. The primary funding source, however, for the provision by local authorities of sustainable transport infrastructure within the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) is the National Transport Authority's (NTA) sustainability funding, and it is a matter for the NTA to prioritise and fund projects in the GDA from this allocation.