The Green Party has welcomed the ‘historic’ investment in sustainable transport announced for Budget 2021. An additional €1 billion will be allocated for public transport projects in 2021, including BusConnects, MetroLink and the development of greenway and local link projects. Active travel infrastructure for walking and cycling will also be allocated €360m – nearly €1m a day.
Green Party spokesperson on Climate and Transport, Brian Leddin TD called it, “a historic day for investment in better transport in Ireland”.
“After decades of under-investment in public transport and active travel, this budget has turned that around with €1 billion of additional investment in public transport, and a 20% allocation of the capital budget to walking and cycling. This investment includes historic levels of investment in our regional cities and also in rural Ireland, such as in greenways, urban cycle ways, a Safe Routes to School programme and renewal of the intercity rail network. This will particularly benefit the 20% of households in areas like Limerick City who do not own a car.
“Although this level of investment is necessary, it will not be sufficient to achieve the necessary transformation in Irish transport and the Green Party is committed to continuing these levels of investment throughout its time in Government. It will take time to make the necessary improvements to encourage a shift away from private car transport. However, there will also be immediate benefits of this stimulus spending, in not only creating employment, but reducing inequality, developing our regions and helping to bring a Green recovery to all of Ireland”.
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