Funding of over €3.8 million for Active Travel projects in Cavan

Major funding has been allocated to the Cavan, Cootehill, Kingscourt, Shercock and Virginia to encourage people to choose to walk or cycle where possible.

In County Cavan an investment of €3.825 million has been approved for Active Travel schemes locally to deliver a range of walking and cycling infrastructure projects.

The funding is allocated by the National Transport Authority to Cavan County Council and includes funding worth €911,000 for the Active Travel Scheme linking Loreto School to Cavan Town; €300,000 for the Cootehill Station Road project; €226,000 for the Kingscourt Town Urban Greenway; €225,000 and €100,000 respectively for the St Aidan’s Secondary School and St Michael’s National School schemes in Cootehill and €200,000 for the Bus Station to Cavan Hospital Active Travel Scheme.

Other projects being supported include: Virginia-Rampart River Footbridge Active Travel Measures: €65,000; Cavan Town Urban Greenway Phase 2 €80,000; Ballyhaise Village Phase 1 €90,000; Cavan Town Local Transport Plan: €100,000; Cavan Town footpath link to Farnham National School €250,000; Shercock Town Active Travel Project €120,000.

A further €3m was allocated to Monaghan County Council under the same scheme.

Welcoming the funding, Minister Humphreys said: “Supporting our cycling and walking infrastructure is more important than ever and I am so pleased to see so many worthy projects benefit from this initiative.

“So with Spring now upon us, I’d encourage everyone to get out for a walk and cycle, and enjoy the great outdoors.”

Likewise Fianna Fáil's Deputy Niamh Smyth said she was "thrilled" by the investment in active travel across Cavan and Monaghan.

"This funding will make our communities safer and more accessible for walkers and cyclists, and I am confident that these projects will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of our residents.

"Fianna Fáil is dedicated to making active travel a practical option for people, and this funding is a significant step towards that goal.''