Underfunding leads to €3bn backlog of road repairs
Published 09/09/2016 | 02:30
Increased funding to maintain the existing roads and public transport network will take up the bulk of discussions in the transport sector.
There has been years of under-investment in this area, with a shortfall of €300m a year until recently just to keep the existing network up to scratch. A backlog of road repairs is costed at more than €3bn, and extra funding in this area will be sought. It currently stands at €720m.
There is also a need to invest more in public transport, and address the shortfall in State payments to the CIE group of companies - Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Irish Rail.
Some €250m was allocated for this year, but that's after years of repeated cuts.
With congestion levels in our main cities back at boom-time levels, more public transport is needed. Funding will also be sought to remove bottlenecks and pinch points in urban areas, most notably Dublin.