Minister of State and TD for Kildare South Martin Heydon has confirmed almost €10m in funding has been allocated to Kildare to support active travel across the county.

A total of 30 projects will receive funding including six Safe Route to School programmes.

Minister Heydon said: “Active travel schemes bring significant benefits to local areas helping to connect communities and improve people’s quality of life. By investing in walkways and cycleways we create safe corridors for people to visit friends and family and get to local shops, schools, and amenities.

“The Programme for Government commits to furthering investment in active travel. Last year all of the money allocated to local authorities was drawn down and I am confident Kildare County Council will do the same this year.

“We have some excellent examples of active travel schemes here in Kildare and I look forward to seeing them develop further along with expanding infrastructure to more parts of the county.”

In total the National Transport Authority (NTA) has allocated a total of €290m to Ireland’s local authorities to invest in walking and cycling infrastructure in 2023.

Approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects will be funded including the development of segregated cycle lanes and widened footpaths, new walking and cycling bridges, and new pedestrian crossings.


Active Travel Investment Grants for Kildare County Council
Project name 2023 allocation
Maynooth North-South Corridor €                         90,000
Royal Canal Greenway (Maynooth – FCC Boundary) €                     3,000,000
Naas to Kill Active Travel Scheme  €                           10,000
Green Lane Active Travel Scheme €                         240,000
Naas to Sallins Greenway €                              5,000
Sallins Village Active Travel Scheme €                         140,000
Celbridge Road Active Travel Scheme €                           10,000
Kilcock Road Active Travel Scheme €                           20,000
Craddockstown Active Travel Scheme €                         160,000
Kilcullen Road Active Travel Scheme €                     2,675,000
Celbridge Active Travel Bridge €                         500,000
Active Travel Office – Staff Costs €                         700,000
R417 Athy Active Travel Scheme €                           60,000
Monread Road Active Travel Scheme €                           90,000
Dublin Road Active Travel Scheme €                         150,000
Cycle Parking €                         110,000
Leixlip to Maynooth Interim Cycle Scheme €                           10,000
Monasterevin Town Active Travel Scheme €                           15,000
Naas to Newbridge Inter-Urban Active Travel Scheme €                         100,000
Newbridge Road Active Travel Scheme €                         100,000
R445/R416 Newbridge Active Travel Scheme €                         100,000
Cycle Safety Improvements at Existing Signalised Junctions €                         800,000
Blessington Road Active Travel Scheme €                         500,000
Meadowbrook Active Travel Scheme €                         110,000
R418/R408 Maynooth Active Travel Scheme €                           10,000
SRTS Round 1 – Straffan National School €                           50,000
SRTS Round 1 – St. Brigid’s Primary School, Kildare Town €                           50,000
SRTS Round 1 – Holy Child National School, Ballycane €                           50,000
SRTS Round 2 – Patrician Primary/St. Conleth’s,
 €                           20,000
SRTS Round 2 – Scoil Bhríde/Scoil Phádraig, Clane €                           20,000
SRTS Round 2 – Scoil Mochua, Celbridge €                           20,000
Poplar Square, Naas – Active Travel Measures €                           50,000
Total: €9,965,000