Minister for Transport’s Budget ensures road network set to crumble – Imelda Munster TD
Speaking following Tuesday’s budget announcement, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Imelda Munster TD, lambasted Minister Ross’ continued neglect of our road network. Bizarrely, the big ticket item for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, in the absence of the announcement of a single new project, is an allocation of €25million additional funds to the Regional and Local Roads Programme.
“€25 million is a pathetic allocation for road improvements on secondary and regional roads. By the Minister and his department’s own admission, we need €3billion to bring regional and local roads up to a reasonable standard, and thereafter we need €580million per annum to keep the network in a steady state condition. The Minister can laugh all he likes about being the ‘Minister for Potholes’, but it would seem that he can’t even get that right. This level of funding won’t make a dent on those figures.
"The Minister’s allocation of €275m a year will actually ensure that our roads continue to deteriorate, after almost a decade of neglect.”
“This is another example of the Minister’s disinterest in the maintenance and provision of infrastructure outside of his own domain of Dublin City, and it is very worrying for all road-users, given the dramatic deterioration of our road safety record in recent times.”
“Minister Ross has delivered next to nothing for Transport, Tourism and Sport in this Budget. If only he was as vocal and persistent in government as he was in opposition.”