The programme received expressions of interest from 932 schools, almost one in four schools in the state. 170 schools were notified in June 2021 that they are part of the first round of funding for SRTS. A further 108 schools were notified in December 2022 that they were part of the second round of funding for SRTS. This selection process is detailed above.
As all schemes at schools cannot not progress at the same pace through design, planning processes, procurement and delivery, subsequent schools will be engaged with on a rolling basis in each Local Authority. Schools that are not in Round 1 or Round 2 will be contacted by SRTS Infrastructure Officers at the appropriate stage to commence engagement. Funding for the rolling programme will be provided from the €1.8 billion for walking and cycling infrastructure committed under the Programme for Government.
In order to speed up delivery of active travel projects such the SRTS programme, the Department of Transport announced 248 additional posts to develop Active Travel Teams in all Local Authorities in January 2021.