Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, has welcomed the allocation by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) of almost €160 million for the maintenance and improvement of the primary and secondary national road network in 2016. This is made up of €139.7 million for improvement works, while €20.2 million will go towards essential road maintenance.
“The funding being provided by TII for next year will ensure that the necessary land purchase programme for major projects (such as the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin scheme, N5 Westport to Turlough and the N22 Ballyvourney to Macroom scheme) can be advanced. In addition, it will also assist in the planning and development work associated with other projects included in the Capital Plan 2016-2022.  The funding, which will be allocated to Local Authorities across the country, will also facilitate pavement and minor works on the existing network and essential works on bridges.
“The funding announced today represents a base allocation for local authorities that will be supplemented during the year in respect of certain maintenance works, pavement works and safety schemes.
“In addition to these allocations to local authorities, the PPP programme will be progressed in 2016. In October this year, I had the pleasure of turning the sod on the new M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP scheme. This was the third transport PPP to be signed by the Government since 2012 and follows the 57km Gort/Tuam PPP project, which commenced construction in 2014 and is on target for completion in 2018. In July this year, the final phase of the N7/N11 Arklow to Rathnew PPP scheme opened to traffic.”
Minister Donohoe concluded: “Continuing to invest in our national road network is essential to the further development of our economy and future economic activity. Very importantly over the period of the Capital Plan 2016-2022, capital funding for land transport, including roads, will be built up towards the levels needed to support adequate maintenance and development. The Plan has committed €6bn for transport, including €4.4bn for the main priority, which is the maintenance and renewal of the road network.”