Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (234)

Joe McHugh

Question:

234. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Transport the number of applications submitted for greenway projects in County Donegal in the past year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38033/20]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I can confirm that Donegal County Council made five applications to the Carbon Tax Fund call for pre-construction phase proposals in 2020.

Three of those five applications were successful and allocated funding based on their strategic potential to link into other related infrastructure in the region -

Greenway

Inishowen Greenway

€45,000

Route Options selection on an 8 km section from Muff to Quigley’s Point.

Inishowen Greenway

€180,000

Route options selection on a 32 km section from Buncrana to Carndonagh.

Foyle Valley Greenway

€115, 000

Route options for a 28.5 km section of the Foyle Valley Greenway from Carrigans to Castlefinn.

I look forward to these greenway sections being brought to construction-ready status so that they can be put forward for further support under the next round of Greenways funding.

My Department also contributes funding to the INTERREG Programme that is funding cross-border Greenways from Derry to Buncrana, Derry to Muff and Lifford to Strabane. The intention is that we can build on those projects with our carbon-tax funded projects to create an Inishowen Peninsula loop and also extend the Derry to Carrigans Greenway.

I firmly believe that in the coming years we can support the delivery of a network of well-connected routes which can act not just as visitor attractions but also facilitate a switch to active travel for local communities across the region.