Public & Commuter Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, has allocated €95,000 to extend a planned cycleway for Clonmel.
Funding of over €450,000 was approved by Minister Kelly for a cycle track and footpath between Cashel Road and Ballingarrane along the N24 inner relief road.
However due to savings achieved by South Tipperary County Council, the Minister is able to allocate €95,000 to see the proposed project extended by half a kilometre. The construction works will now be extended from Heywood Road to the Cashel Road roundabout where more usage is expected.
“I am delighted to support this as Minister,” stated Minister Kelly.
“Given the savings that have been achieved in the overall project, it is welcome that this projected can be extended and more people will be able to use it once constructed. The €95,000 funding will see the overall cycleway integrate better with the road network and make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists alike,” stated Minister Kelly.
He believes Clonmel is one of the strongest towns in Ireland when it comes to focussing on cycling and walking and has hailed local community efforts as well as local authority staff for their efforts to promote cycling and walking.
“I would like to congratulate the engineering staff of South Tipperary County Council who achieved such strong savings in the original project and these savings can now be put to good use in a way that will benefit the public in Clonmel,” added Minister Kelly.
“I was delighted as Minister for public transport to be able to designate Clonmel as one of Ireland’s Active Travel Towns. The local authority staff and the wider community have supported efforts to get more people cycling and walking and part of that is to have safe places for people to do so. I am delighted that Clonmel is performing so well in this regard,” concluded Minister Kelly.