Latest Laois News: Extra €9 million for Portlaoise Low Carbon Town status

Latest Laois News: Extra €9 million for Portlaoise Low Carbon Town status

€9 million additional funding for Portlaoise as a Low Carbon Town – Fleming

Sean Fleming T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Finance is pleased to announce new funding of €9 million for a project to make Portlaoise Ireland’s first designated “Low Carbon Town”.

The works being funded will include pedestrianisation on Lower Main Street, upgrade of the public area along Main Street and Market Square and completion of the improvement works at the Cultural Quarter in the Town Centre. Major enhancement measures of the streetscape of James Fintan Lalor Avenue and the prioritisation of pedestrian access, cycling and public transport and the creation of urban development sites in this area will be carried out.

The prospect of Portlaoise as the country’s first low carbon town got a boost with this announcement.

Cycle Lane & Bus Services in Portlaoise will be prioritised

Bus services and cycle lanes in the town will also be prioritised to reduce the number of car journeys.

This funding is in addition to funding already announced for these areas in the town, bringing the total to €18.06 million to deliver on the designation of Portlaoise as the first Low Carbon Town in Ireland.

These major improvements will enhance the quality of life for many people. They are all about making Portlaoise a more attractive place in which to live, work, visit, invest and create employment. They will be a catalyst for regeneration, development and growth. This funding will provide a much needed economic boost and stimulus for job creation for Portlaoise.