Thursday, 13 June 2019

Questions (189)

Gino Kenny


189. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the capital expenditure of his Department from 1 January to 30 April 2019 under the heading of B8.5 cycling and walking; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24770/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I am pleased to advise the Deputy that I have secured a significant improvement in funding allocations over the period 2018-2021 which will benefit both cyclists and walkers. These improved allocations over this period include:

- €110 million specifically dedicated to cycling and walking infrastructure in our major urban areas;

- €135 million for sustainable urban transport measures;

- €750 million approximately towards the BusConnects programme in Dublin which will include the delivery of around 200 kilometres of segregated cycling lanes, where possible; and

- €53 million to support the development of new Greenways.

In addition to the above, Government has also made additional money available for cycling projects through both the Urban and Rural Regeneration and Development Funds under the National Development Plan.

The Deputy's question is specifically about the monies for Cycling and Walking available under Subhead B8.5;  as implied by the details above, this funding line is only one small component of the overall Exchequer support for active travel.  The provisional figure for capital monies drawn down from that particular subhead line between 1 January and 30 April 2019 is €314,634.