Forty-eight bicycle racks, a long awaited bus shelter and a new pedestrian corridor are to be provided in Carrick-on-Suir thanks to a €60,000 government funding boost for the town.
The bicycle racks are to be installed at three town centre locations, New Street, Main Street and Sean Kelly Square at a cost of €30,000.
The €12,000 bus shelter is to be erected on the Pill Road and will be welcomed by the large number of Carrick-on-Suir students commuting by bus to Waterford Institute of Technology daily.
And the pedestrian corridor will be developed at New Lane at a cost of €18,000.
The funding for the three transport infrastructure projects has been allocated to Carrick-on-Suir Town Council by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport’s Smarter Travel Initiative.
Carrick-on-Suir Labour co. councillor Bobby Fitzgerald and Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes have weclomed the news of the funding.
Cllr Fitzgerald paid tribute to his Labour colleague Senator Denis Landy for his work in securing the allocation.
“Cycle parking is an integral part of any cycle network and the provision of these racks will help to promote a mobility management plan where early provision of cycle parking indicates a level of real commitment towards the bicycle and the community that cycles.
He said the bus shelter was badly needed on the Pill Road and pointed out that Senator Landy had lobbied for it for many years. Work on erecting it is expected to be commence soon.
Deputy Hayes said the allocation was part of an overall E10m investment by the government in sustainable transport projects under its Jobs Initiative Programme. It was envisaged that the project it is funding will create up to 14,500 days of employment for contractors.
“Of course this is not the sole answer to our employment problem, but it will go some way towards helping those in the construction sector who have been hit particularly hard in this financial crisis,” said the TD.