'Impact of austerity on road network highlighted' - McGuigan
The impact of years of austerity cuts on the road network has been highlighted by the latest report from the Comptroller and Auditor General, Sinn Féin Infrastructure spokesperson Philip McGuigan has said.
He was commenting after the report on the maintenance of the road network revealed that more than a billion is needed to restore the road network.
"After years of austerity imposed by the British Government it is disappointing but not surprising that £1.2 billion of funding is needed to restore our roads to a decent standard.
"This report also confirms the stark fact that rural roads are in a worse condition rate than urban roads. As an elected representative in a rural constituency I regularly lobby to have potholes repaired and road conditions improved.
“The British Government, propped up by the DUP, must end austerity so that the funding is available to maintain our road network to a satisfactory standard, particularly in rural areas.”