The latest funding will boost the public transport system, allowing for much- needed maintenance of the road network, as well as facilitating the speedier roll-out of projects this year.
The allocation announced yesterday brings the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s overall capital envelope for the year to €1.07bn.
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said funding in transport had been “dramatically reduced” in recent years due to the economic downturn.
“This additional investment will be used to strengthen our national, regional, and local road network, making them safer and better able to support economic development,” he said.
A total of €60m earmarked for public transport will help address the under-investment which took place during the collapse of the economy. Of this:
- €29m will deliver maintenance on rail rolling stock required for the provision of services.
- €9m will be put towards the Rail Safety programme which will help improve journey times on the Dublin/Cork line.
- €20m will be used to expand/replace the bus fleet to meet growing demand.
- €2m is being used for city bikes expansion and cycling safety measures.
A further €34m will be provided towards critical remedial works, maintenance and strengthening of the road network at national, regional and local level, where funding has been severely constrained since the downturn.
Of this, €10m will be allocated to pavement works on the national road network, including specific upgrades which are vital for the economy.
Some €24m will go towards regional and local roads, which the authorities say will allow 350km of sub-standard road pavement to be brought up to a high standard across 27 local authority areas.
A further €1m will be spent on improving road safety, including investment in drug-testing devices and other road safety-related measures.
Some €4.2m will be allocated to tourism-related projects, including further development of Ireland’s Ancient East corridor as well as the Wild Atlantic Way.
A additional €800,000 will be allocated to the National Indoor Arena to accelerate the completion of the facility at the National Sports Campus.