Saša Novak Uí Chonchúir

Green Party Councillor for Limerick City North

Candidate in Local Elections on 7th June

Investment in recruitment of skilled staff with expertise in active travel infrastructure

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The Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan T.D. today announced funding for up to 248 new jobs in all local authorities including Limerick to expand walking and cycling facilities. This will ensure that additional expertise will be available in Limerick to roll out improved active travel infrastructure.

As part of the plan developed by the National Transport Authority, up to 218 additional staff will be employed across the local authorities with an additional 30 proposed for Regional Cycling Design Offices. The new staff will be dedicated to delivering and promoting active travel in Ireland and will work across design, communication/community liaison and construction oversight functions. The new staff will support the delivery of almost 1,000 kilometres of improved walking and cycling infrastructure by 2025 throughout the country.

People across Limerick city and county will benefit from this investment. There’s already been €1million per day made available by the minister to make walking and cycling more attractive. This plan will increase the Council’s ability and skillset to speedily deliver much needed infrastructure.

Walking and cycling have the power to increase social inclusion for our most disadvantaged communities. Switching to sustainable travel is vital due to the climate emergency. People of Limerick have the right to safe and accessible ways of getting around their neighbourhoods.

I have previously engaged with the Council to secure a systematic analysis of the potential use of school streets and school zones in our city and county, and I call on the Council to make real and practical systemic changes immediately that can see a majority of our kids using active travel to get to schools after they reopen.