Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (617)

Robert Troy


617. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the differing modes of transport that are permitted to use greenways. [29281/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Greenways are multi-functional and designed for use by all types of bicycles. They must also be designed to be as accessible as possible for those with mobility issues and users of Wheelchairs and Mobility vehicles.  It is also important to remember that many users of Greenways are pedestrians and thus design must also accommodate buggy and pram users. 

The decision on the modes of transport permitted to use a particular Greenway, or sections thereof, is ultimately a decision made by the Local Authority or State Agency in charge of that Greenway. However, as is stated in my Department's Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways, there may be some short sections of Greenways where some motorized vehicles, such as cars and tractors, may use the Greenway. Generally this tends to be on discrete sections where houses have been built or where access to farmland is required and would entail a very low number of vehicular journeys per day, these movements would also tend to be at a low speed.