Up-grading the Metals
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has announced its plans to up-grade the Metals to encourage more cyclists and pedestrians to use them.
To support the Government’s Sustainable Travel Policy “Smarter Travel” the Smarter Travel Project Fund was set up by the Department of Transport. This is a fund of approximately €15 million that will run over 5 years, resulting in an annual total of around €3 million being available to support projects. The fund is aimed at supporting small sustainable transport projects that can deliver real and measurable changes at a local level, or for example, overcome specific local barriers to more sustainable choices. The deadline for applications was September 9th 2009.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown was successful in a number of applications to this fund, and in particular was successful in securing funding of €202,000 from the Department of Transport to upgrade The Metals between Dún Laoghaire and Dalkey. This funding is only available in 2010 and it will be lost if the project is not turned around within the year.
The Smarter Travel Project Fund for 2010 is approximately €3 million for all of the projects Countrywide. The Department of Transport recognised that this project will have a positive benefit to the area and have invested a large proportion of the fund to it. This project is also in line with objectives 1,2 and 3 of the National Cycle Policy Framework:
Objective 1: Support the planning, development and design of towns and cities in a cycling and pedestrian friendly way.
Objective 2: Ensure that the urban road infrastructure (with the exception of motorways) is designed/retrofitted so as to be cyclist-friendly and that traffic management measures are also cyclist friendly.
Objective 3: Provide designated rural cycle networks especially for visitors and recreational cycling.