Louth County Council Secures €4.6 Million Funding from The National Transport Authority

 Louth County Council Secures €4.6 Million Funding from The National Transport Authority

1st April 2021: Louth Council County is pleased to announce that it has been officially awarded €4.6 million from The National Transport Authority (NTA) Active Travel Investment Programme 2021to invest in sustainable travel, walking and cycling projects. 

This is a five year funding programme that will be allocated to a number of projects primarily in Drogheda and Dundalk. Key projects that will be allocated funding under the Active Travel Investment Programme will be St. Dominic’s Bridge and Ballymakenny Road in Drogheda.

St. Dominic’s Bridge is a cycling and pedestrian dedicated crossing, situated over the River Boyne. The bridge is in need of structural refurbishments to remain in service. In relation to Ballymakenny Road, this refers to a new 700 metre footway/cycleway and will also include public lighting and land acquisition costs.

Joan Martin, CEO, Louth County Council said: “Louth County Council is delighted to secure this crucial funding from The National Transport Authority. This funding will enable the Council’s plans to progress the design of cycle lanes along the Dublin-Belfast Road (R132) both in Drogheda and Dundalk. It will also be used to improve pedestrian and cyclist usability, provide better accessibility to transport hubs, create safer routes to schools, and develop walking and cycling strategies for town and villages across Louth.”

Louth County Council’s allocated funding was part of an announced total of €72.8m for 340 projects in 19 local authorities awarded by the NTA to support sustainable transport projects across the country. This forms part of the Government’s commitment of €1.8bn toward the development of active travel over the next five years.

The NTA Active Travel Investment Program aims to develop high quality walking and cycling facilities to encourage more people to switch to active travel and will contribute to tackling climate change. High quality designs are needed to connect communities, work places, schools and make walking and cycling attractive, safe and accessible to everyone.

Active travel has a wide range of benefits associated with it, including environmental, health, safety, economic, and social benefits. Examples include reducing congestion levels in urban areas, providing an alternative to the private car, and reducing carbon emissions and noise levels.

 Louth County Council -Active Travel Investment Porgramme 2021 Allocations 

St. Dominic's Bridge, Drogheda

The proposed works are as follows: strengthening of pier columns; replacement of damaged/ missing cross bracing members; repair to concrete edge beams; grit blasting and installation of a protective paint system for all elements; strengthening/replacement of structural elements and repointing of masonry abutments; replacement of existing bridge bearing; provision of positive drainage system and replacement of existing concrete deck slab (including installation of waterproofing system); and installation of new surface course and lining.

Drogheda R132, Bridge of Peace to Train Station


Design works to incorporate cycle lanes along the R132 from the Bridge of Peace to the train station and similarly along the Marsh Road from the Viaduct back to the Bullring Junction.

Proposal will also include the review of the existing junctions along these stretches of roads to facilitate better cycling and pedestrian traffic.

Ballymakenny Rd Drogheda

Provision of a new Cycleway and footpath, incorporating Public Lighting, from the new Linenfield development towards the Ballymakenny College.

Drogheda: Twenties Lane & R166 Termonfeckin Rd

Detailed design of cycleway and footpath upgrades at both these locations

R168 Collon rd, Hill of Rath and Rosehall Roundabouts.

Design for cycleway and footpath from Leonards Cross to Rosehall, incorporating better pedestrian / cycle crossing facilities at the roundabouts

Rathmullan Road to Marley’s Lane junction,Design of infill section of cycleway from the Rathmullan Road to the St Olivers Community College’s Lane. Design will look at pinch points, crossings and potential retaining structures

Drogheda: Boyne Business Park Link Road.

To further complement monies received in the Active Travel Stimulus monies received in 2020

Drogheda Dublin and North Road, design.

Design Works to incorporate cycle lanes along the R132 North Road Drogheda from the Rosehall Roundabout to the Windmill Road where possible, and similarly from the Meath Border to Railway Terrance. Proposed design works will look to review the existing pedestrian / cyclist crossing facilities along these stretches of road

Dundalk: R132 Inner Relief Rd.

Design works to develop cycle lanes along the R132 from the Táin Bridge to the Xerox Junction, include a review of pedestrian / cycleway crossing points at the existing junctions and other desire lines along the routes.

Riverside Walk Dublin Road R215 to Inner Relief Road.

Details design for new cycleway layout along the old Dublin Rd linking up the Riverside walk to Xerox Junction, with the aim of constructing part of these works in 2021.

Ard Easmuinn Rd to Train Station / Friary School Dundalk & Dundalk Bus Station to Rail Station.

Design works to develop better cycle and pedestrian facilities from the Long Walk to the train station, and similarly along the Coes Rd to the train station via the existing underpass and also connecting the Friary School. Proposed design works will aim to include a pedestrian/cycleway crossings at McEntee Ave.

Transport / Mobility Plans

Local Transport Plans for both Dundalk and Drogheda, with further Active travel Plans (Cycling and Walking strategies) for a number of self sustaining towns and villages

Footpath Extensions / Links Package A

Completion of footpath works in Termonfeckin, along the Strand Rd and new footpath on the R166.  

Footpath Extensions / Links Package B

Extension of the existing footpath in Knockbridge to the 50kph speed limit. 

Additional Monies to complete footpath & public realm works in Annagassan