Cllr David Grant, Cathaoirleach Bray Town Council has welcomed funding of €3,760,000 from the National Transport Authority to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities in the town with the possibility of additional funding later in the year.

A major element of the funding, €3m, is for the extension of the Dargle Bridge with two cantilever structures being added to improve the crossing of pedestrians over the bridge and a widening of the roadway on the bridge itself. This is part of the planned Quality Bus Corridor, which will see the existing Corridor extended to the Main Street. The funding provided will also improve the junction at Seapoint Road and Main Street and allow for the carrying out of significant improvements to the town’s streetscape.

In addition, €500,000 has been provided to improve the quality of the existing cycle lane on Boghall Road and to even out the counters of the lane and upgrade its standard. Likewise the cycle lane on Putland Road will be extended and permission has been give to compete a Bray Cycle Network and Permeability Study.

A sum of €200,000 has been earmarked to improve the access to the primary schools on the Vevay Road with the potential of opening new pedestrian routes to the school grounds.

Furthermore the National Transport Authority has requested that the Town Council provide additional information on a number of other projects that may be funded later in the year. These include schemes to improve pedestrian, cyclist and bus usage along the entire Vevay Road; the construction of a footpath on the Herbert Road to connect with the pedestrian bridge over the N11; better access to the seafront from the Dart Station and the provision of a cycle lane on Strand Road.

“The scale of funding for the range of projects that will be completed is a major boost for the town. It will allow a number of much needed road schemes that focus primarily on pedestrians and cyclists to be carried out by the end of the year.

While additional information is needed on some other schemes I am hopeful that the town can secure more resources and ensure that a lot of work will be carried out over the coming months” said Cllr Grant.