Local Fine Gael T.D. Tom Hayes has welcomed the announcement that €456,276 has been awarded to Clonmel Council as part of the Active Travel Towns Programmes. This programme concerns the implementation of cycling and walking strategies across the country. These include cycle lanes and walkways, but also combine them with behavioural change initiatives in schools and workplaces.
“I am pleased to see that Clonmel has been selected for funding out of the 46 local authorities that applied. This funding will go towards a number of projects between the retail park on the Southside and two significant residential areas on the eastern side with nearly 2,000 households, local schools, churches, playing pitches and the railway station.
“What has been proposed is to provide a dedicated cycle track and pedestrian corridor along the N24 Clonmel Inner Relief Road to link the business areas to residential areas in the town. The project will be supported through widespread collaboration with community groups including schools, cycle clubs and employers.
“This programme is different in the sense that, for the first time, these projects are being incorporated into the town’s development strategy. This will combine infrastructure improvements with behavioural change measures to encourage people to use the public transport options on offer and to leave the car at home. I hope that this sort of approach receives the type of local support it needs to be successful” said Tom Hayes.