Fine Gael Meath East Deputy, Regina Doherty, has welcomed the announcement of €802,500 which is being made available to support smarter travel projects in Meath East, saying that the improvements will enhance the lives and the safety of people from Kilmessan to Clonee and beyond. This funding is part of a broader package of €2,545,800 for Meath County Council for smarter travel projects across the entire county of Meath.
“Despite our budgetary constraints, this Government continues to make transport and road safety a priority. In addition to the national, regional and local roads allocation, funding is being made available, by the National Transport Authority, for the construction of a wide range of projects in local towns and villages. These projects range from the construction of missing sections of footpath to studies being conducted to determine the most effective way of improving access for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
“In Laytown, a park and ride facility for more than 100 cars will be designed west of the railway bridge to significantly reduce the number of cars parking around the station, which will make a huge difference to local residents.
“A cycle and walking study will also be conducted for Laytown and Bettystown to help improve access to schools, local amenities, town centres and public transport. Bus stops are to be provided along the East Coast Route, with upgrading and remedial works being carried out at Donacarney School, Bettystown Village, Mosney Cross and Julianstown Village. Improvements will also be made to roads, paths and junctions at Rathoath, Kells, Clonee, Kilmessan, Carlanstown, Nobber, Duleek, Stamullen, Kenstown and Ashbourne.
“By constructing pedestrian crossings at schools, improving cycle and bus facilities and providing footpaths and public lighting where none currently exists, local communities will be better able to move around their localities in a safer and easier way.
“All of these projects will commence this year with the majority scheduled for completion in 2013. Where possible, people should be encouraged to leave the car at home and to walk or cycle to their destination. These projects will bring the realisation of that goal a step closer, which will have improved health benefits for the people of Meath.”