TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, 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. Meath will receive a total of €2million saying that it is essential that we continue to invest in our national road network to the further development of our economy and future economic activity here in Meath. “I am delighted at the news that almost €2million has been granted to Meath for improvement and maintenance works on roads in the county.
“Meath County Council will be allocated €1.4million for road improvements and €600,000 for road maintenance.
“The €2million in funding which has been allocated to Meath will see work take place on the Slane Bypass, the Clonee to North of Kells Scheme, Dunmoe Bypass, Ballyboy, Stephenstown and Fringestown in the New Year.
“This funding is part of an allocation of almost €160 million from Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). Nationally, €139.7 million of this will go towards road improvement works, while €20.2 million will go towards essential road maintenance.
“According to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, this 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.
“Fine Gael has a plan to keep the economic recovery going and ensure that we continue to have more resources to invest in better services and infrastructure like roads. The Government’s capital Investment Plan 2016-2022, allocates €6 billion for transport, which includes €4.4 billion, for the maintenance and renewal of the road network.”
Doherty concluded “It is hugely important we invest in our road network, particularly as the economic recovery continues. In our export led economy, a well maintained road network is crucial to businesses across the country. It is also integral to helping us continue attracting investment in this country, as well as for tourism.”