O’REILLY WELCOMES €675,000 ‘ACTIVE TRAVEL TOWNS’ GRANT FOR CAVAN TOWN

Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly has today, June 28th, welcomed the news from Minister Public Transport, Alan Kelly TD, that Cavan Town have been successful in their application for investment under the Active Travel Towns Programme.  

Speaking after the announcement the Deputy said ‘The ‘Active Travel Towns’ programme represents further investment in the National Cycle Policy Framework as set out under the Programme for Government. Forty-six projects were submitted under this funding call from nineteen local authorities. Funding is now being provided for eleven of these proposals. Cavan Town is one of the eleven chosen.’

The vision for the town is to “ensure that walking and cycling become the first preference short commuter and leisure trips in Cavan town” Specific aim of bringing about the necessary changes to make Cavan an Active travel town.

‘The application proposes the delivery of phase 1 of a planned Cycle routes network for the Town of Cavan. The route will be on road running along the spine of the town linking residential areas with educational and commercial facilities within the catchment areas. In addition, the proposal will be supported by the implementation of a range of soft measures to encourage modal shift including workplace travel plans and it has the support of the local businesses and community’ stated the Deputy.  

‘The funding will deliver a good balance of infrastructural measures for walking and cycling coupled with focused behavioural change interventions and evaluation measures to ensure modal shift with towns is achieved.  The successful projects place strong focus on interlinks between residential areas, workplaces and schools and, in many cases, public transport’ explained the Deputy.

‘This funding is going towards realising the programme for Government commitment to continue to invest and expand in our national cycling infrastructure’ concluded the Deputy.

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