Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Michael P. Kitt has welcomed a funding allocation under the Smarter Travel scheme for initiatives in Galway towns and villages. The money is being put towards improving walking and cycling infrastructure throughout the county.
Deputy Kitt commented, “The Smarter Travel programme plays a key role in encouraging people to think about the way we get from one place to another. Instead of taking the car to get from A to B, the programme recommends considering walking, cycling or public transport. These options provide a range of environmental and health benefits for the community.
“So far under the scheme, a pedestrian footpath has been constructed at Weir Road in Tuam. Funding has also been provided for the development of walking paths and cycle ways in Ballinasloe, Tuam, Gort and Athenry.
“The construction of the Galway to Moycullen Greenway will have a major impact on communities across the county and has the potential to bring more tourists to the area. With the rise in popularity of outdoor activities, and specifically cycling, the Greenway could be used to bring more tour groups and events to Galway.
“I have asked the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe T.D. for details of the government’s plans for future funding for towns in county Galway under the scheme and for details on future initiatives that will be of benefit to the people of Galway East.”