IN the overall €1.2m grant funding for Waterford for active travel and climate change adaptation measures was a sizeable €475,000 for Tramore. The Cluain Larach housing estate in Knockenduff will be connected to the main road via a safe footpath, pedestrian crossing, and cycle lane. This €240,000 cash injection was welcomed by the Green Party TD, Marc O’Cathasaigh who expressed a desire to see more schoolchildren cycling to school, availing of the new facilities.
“I am very happy to see funding allocated to this list of projects which will have a positive impact on towns and villages throughout the county. We all have a new appreciation for active travel since Covid and these projects will make it easier and safer for adults and children to walk or cycle around our towns and villages. As well as the provision of new footpaths, cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings in key places, many existing footpaths will be repaired and widened to accommodate the increase in use and also social distancing.”
This was echoed by Cllr. Eamon Quinlan (FF) who said “this is very welcome money and will allow our engineers to complete several needed projects.”
Also benefitting from the construction of a foothpath and safe crossing are the residents in Pickardstown, where a connective footpath and crossing point has been awarded €35,000 to complete.
Finally, as part of the active travel measures, a cycle path is due to be designed on the main Ring Road out to Tramore and €50,000 has been allocated for that purpose. These travel measures are designed to take the success of developments like Waterford Greenway, and recreate in an urban setting, particularly for back to school.
Out of the €475,000, a sum of €150,000 has been cleared for the repair of the sea wall on the prom in Tramore. Rock armouring, together with wall repairs will be undertaken, with the aim of reducing erosion and weakening of the road. Storm damage has caused considerable damage to the wall over the past number of years.
Cllr. Joe Conway (IND) stressed the need for works on the storm wall to be fast-tracked, saying “weaknesses inherent will likely not withstand the coming winter storms and surges.”