Increase in Regional & Local Roads Funding For Tipperary

Posted by Alan Kelly on January 25, 2018 at 04:05 PM

I very much welcome that the Department of Transport has increased the funding for Regional and Local roads in Tipperary by €2.5m to €21m. While this is a welcome development more needs to be done. The condition of our regional and local roads are in such a state that a massive increase in funding is required. Every year this lack of investment continues the bigger the problem is going to get.

The allocation of €6.5m to the Ballina/Killaloe bridge is particularly important as it progresses to construction phase after I ensured it was put into the capital spending plans.

I welcome the €650,000 that is badly needed for the Ardfinnan bridge, the €210k for the Latteragh upgrade and the €210k for the Newcastle bridge. Furthermore the €175,000 for the Lackamore Bridge in Newport is most welcome as is the €100,000 for the Ragg, Bouladuff and another €100,000 for Ballytarsna bend improvements.

However there are huge requirements across our  roads in Tipperary and the investment in our roads needs to improve dramatically. The fact is that Tipperary is probably one of the most traversed counties in Ireland given our geographical location. We need greater proportional funding as a result and we need to deal with a number of safety issues as well.

Furthermore there needs to be an assessment of the on/off ramps at Roscrea/Moneygal which are unique on the M7. All other junctions have a longer lead in and is believe there are safety issues with these junctions. I’ve spoken to TII and they are going to look at these and see if improvements can be made to them.

Furthermore they are going to look at the whole route from Roscrea to Birdhill on the M7. There have been a number of accidents on the M7 and this really does need to be looked at. The Birdhill area in in particular needs to be looked at’.

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