Second Round of Safe Routes to School Programme Comes to Wicklow

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Minister Simon Harris has welcomed the second round of the Safe Routes to School Programme, which is set to benefit five schools in Wicklow.

Minister Harris said, “The Safer Routes to School Programme is aimed towards creating safer walking and cycling route within communities, ease congestion at school gates and increase the number of students who walk or cycle to school. The construction and improvement of walking and cycling infrastructure will greatly benefit the students of both primary and secondary schools, along with the wider community.”

“Ensuring children’s safety on our roads to and from school is something that I and my colleagues continue to work towards, with the funding for this Programme being secured as part of the Government’s Budget 2023.”

“This Programme will be delivered by the National Transport Authority’s Active Travel Team while working closely with Wicklow County Council. In recent weeks, a number of schools that took part in Round 1 have started seeing their projects come to fruition, and I am eager to see these developments begin in Wicklow as soon as possible.” Minister Harris concluded.

The programme is funded by the Department of Transport through the National Transport Authority (NTA) and is supported by the Department of Education. An Taisce’s Green-Schools is co-ordinating the programme, while funding will be made available to local authorities which will play a key part in delivering the infrastructure. €20m has been allocated for projects included in Round 2 with the funds coming from each local authority’s annual allocation for Active Travel works.

The 5 schools covered in the second round are:

  • Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath – Blacklion, Greystones, Co. Wicklow
  • Greystones Educate Together – Blacklion, Greystones Co. Wicklow
  • Temple Carrig School – Temple Carrig, Greystones, Co. Wicklow
  • Kilmacanogue N.S – Kilmacanogue, Bray, Co. Wicklow
  • Scoil Niocláis Naofa – Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow

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