€700,000 investment for Douglas and Ballinlough Cycle Lanes.

Following recent discussions with officials in the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, I am delighted that a decision has been taken to invest significant funds in the local cycle lane infrastructure around the City.

I particularly welcome the significant improvement of the cycle lanes on the Douglas Road and the Boreenmanna Road. Both of which are primary routes to the City Centre, which are extremely busy with traffic, both cars and lorries, at almost all times of the day and at the same time has increasing numbers of pedestrians and cyclists.

The lack of cycle lanes is an issue that has been raised with me repeatedly by people living within the City who wish to use more sustainable modes of transport, but felt they were not being facilitated. This investment shows that both Local and National Government are serious about urbanism and promoting healthier and more sustainable transport means.

It is a condition of the funding that these schemes are implemented in 2011, so people can expect that works will begin almost immediately.

The works form part of the  the Jobs Initiative framework, which will fund a number of traffic calming and other measures which will inter alia lead to a safer and more attractive environment for pedestrians and cyclists in the regional cities. There are 34 projects in all and they include road improvement works, pedestrian crossings, and cycle routes.

The projects were chosen for funding as they were considered appropriate for the Jobs Initiative programme and were available for construction in 2011. The National Transport Authority (NTA) will be managing the delivery process and will make the necessary adjustments, including possible scheme substitutions, on an on-going basis to ensure their effective delivery. Attached is the full list of projects.

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