Road conditions worsen as Govt fails to invest in network – Smyth

Published on: 27 January 2017

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the condition of roads across Cavan in Monaghan is worsening as a result of the Government’s failure to provide adequate funding for repair and maintenance work.

The latest figures reveal that the funding allocation for roads in Cavan and Monaghan this year is more than €15m less than what’s needed to maintain them.

Deputy Smyth commented, “Road surfaces across Cavan and Monaghan have been deteriorating over the past number of years raising serious concerns about road safety, however the funding allocation for this year is well below what is needed to keep the roads in good condition.  In fact, the national spending average from 2013 to 2016 reveals that the allocation is 48% below what is needed to maintain the road network.

“The Department of Transport sets out a “steady state” level, below which funding levels should not drop.  However, the allocation for Monaghan is just over €6m behind that target, while in Cavan it’s almost €9m short of what’s needed.  This is completely unacceptable.

“I am deeply disappointed by Minister Ross’ failure to restore the Local Improvement Scheme, which was traditionally an important source of funding for isolated and neglected roads and lanes that have not been taken in charge by local authorities. This is despite a clear commitment in the Programme for Government to restore this scheme.

“There are a number of roads and junctions across the two counties which are a major cause of concern, and it’s deeply worrying that the Government is failing to provide the necessary funding to ensure that essential repairs and maintenance can be carried out.  Lives could be put at risk while Minister Ross cuts costs.

“This funding is extremely important and I would urge Minister Ross to carefully consider the impact that these funding cuts are having on local communities and to commit to at least meet his Department’s own “steady state” targets to ensure a certain standard of road conditions”.

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