Underfunding leads to €3bn backlog of road repairs
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.