Nenagh was this Monday officially opened as an Active Travel Town by Junior Minister for Transport Alan Kelly.
The local TD made the announcment when he opened the final stretch of the cycle route around the town at Drummin Village on Borrisokane road.
He thanked town engineer Peter Fee for his part in getting the work done as land had to be acquired through Nama for the new footpath and cycle route to be completed.
“Nenagh has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years in terms of sustainable transport and I want to commend the local authority for supporting such measures,” he said.
Junior Minister Kelly revealed that E1.5m had been spent in the past two years in Nenagh and surrounding areas under The Active Travel Scheme, including E463,499 on the improvements to the town, E335,000 on extending the N52 cycle route that likns the local tourist trail, E150,000 for the walking and cycle track to complete the loop walk of Nenagh, and E600,000 on the N7 cycle way from Nenagh to Limerick.
“This investment is one of the reasons why Nenagh has been able to hold the Visit Nenagh Classic and a stage finish of the An Post Ras. Cycling Ireland have been using the N7 cycle way for time trials and plan to use it more in the future,” he said.
“Leisure and sports cycling has increased significantly in the Nenagh area, with the result the town has been designated a cycling hub for the Shannon region. This is something we should be proud of,” said the Junior Minister, who said the provision of good in-town cycling infrastructure was a great boost to the town’s staus as a major hub.
Deputy Kelly said the community support of the town’s many voluntary clubs and organisations was a key factor in designating Nenagh as an Active Travel Town.
Deputy Mayor Hughie McGrath thanked Deputy Kelly for his involvement with Nenagh Town Council in developing the scheme and said: “You have delivered for us.”