Posted on January 24, 2014 11:16 AM   |   Permanent Link   

Dublin Bay North Labour TD and member of the Oireachtas Transport Committee Sean Kenny has welcomed the news that funding is to be provided for safety improvements to roads.

"Griffith Avenue will see low cost safety improvements to the valie of €30,000 and the Moyne Road in the north of the area will see improvements of €17,000."

"These improvements are part of a €332.9 million investment programme for 2014 for regional and local roads and show that Labour has been working to protect funding for road maintenance and repair in 2014 as maintenance must be the top priority, particularly following the recent spell of bad weather."

"The focus on road maintenance and repair comes against a backdrop of ongoing limited resources, but despite this, a strong effort has been made to enable essential works on our roads and to give flexibility as to what is repaired."

"As a consequence, new schemes focused on improvement rather than maintenance will be curtailed for 2014. Our priority is to maintain the existing road network, and unfortunately there is little scope for carrying out new road improvement projects, because we need to protect the roads that people use."

"There is sufficient funding to allow 30 projects to be targeted under the existing Specific Improvement Projects scheme. There will also be funding for 13 existing strategic schemes on regional roads, and work will start on 245 low-cost safety projects and 162 bridge projects."