This funding from the National Transport Authority will assist 41 projects across the county at a localized and larger scale
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy, told the Irish Independent that this was “very positive news” for the area.
He said that the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, visited Fingal County Council on Friday with the heart of the discussion focusing on the funding they were awarded from the NTA.
“It’s an increase of almost €5m from 2023,” Cllr Adrian Henchy said.
“There will be more localised projects like safer routes to schools and some that have already begun.
“It’s about creating zones where children can safely walk and cycle without sharing that space with a car,” he added.
Projects include a range of active and sustainable travel opportunities, from Safe Routes to School treatments for primary schools to upgrades for Donabate, Hartstown, Balbriggan, Skerries, Blanchardstown, and several other towns and villages, as well as landmark projects at New Street Malahide and Broadmeadow Greenway.
The Broadmeadow Greenway is a shared footpath and cycleway that will link Malahide and Donabate across the Broadmeadow Estuary.
It will connect Malahide Demesne and Newbridge Demesne and form part of the Fingal Coastal Way, which will run from Sutton to Balbriggan.
The construction will take place over several years.
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy, said that this is a “mega project”.
“The key to this project is the funding, and with that guaranteed, we can see that work is starting there at pace,” he said.
“I’m led to believe that the new iconic bridge should be going in this year and will be one of the largest bridges in the country.”
As it stands, there is a segregated greenway between Baldoyle, Portmarnock, and Malahide, so the next leg of this is to be the Fingal Greenway connecting Donabate and Malahide.
It is one of the most challenging areas to connect, as it is running across water, and it’s a special area of conservation, so several years of planning have been undertaken to receive permission for this project.
“Several major projects are under construction and due for delivery this year,” said Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly.
“Piecing together the active travel network in Fingal, in line with the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan, is a long-term exercise, and our teams in Active Travel and Planning and Strategic Infrastructure are working hard to build infrastructure that will make the choice to walk or cycle easier and safer for everyone.”