Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr John Lahart
18 February 2016
Dublin’s neglected roads need to be repaired urgently – Lahart
Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin South-West Cllr John Lahart is calling for the urgent repair of Dublin’s neglected road network. Speaking following the launch of the party’s Transport policy document A Better Deal for Commuters, Cllr Lahart pointed out that while there is a very good motorway network around the city, there were also many neglected secondary routes in need of urgent repair and upgrade.
“In order to address the neglect of the road network over the last number of years significant investment is required. From 2012 to 2016, maintenance spending on regional and local roads has been approximately 48% below what is required to keep the roads in good condition. The proliferation of potholes, structural decline and dire state of disrepair in roads across parts of Dublin demands significant action.
“According to the Department of Transport themselves, approximately €580 million is required as an annual ‘steady state’ investment level in Irish local and regional roads. This is almost €282m more than the level the Minister is providing in 2016 and has provided over the last four years.
“The Local Improvement Scheme was an important source of funds for isolated, neglected roads and lanes not taken in charge by the Local Authority. For communities in marginal areas – and there areas like this in parts of Dublin county – the growing degradation of these important connections requires a small but important investment. We will re-invest in the Local Improvement Scheme to fund improvements in local roads and lanes at a cost of €4.5m annually,” added Cllr Lahart.