Written Answers. - Road Funds Allocation.

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

82 Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for the Environment whether the allocation of funding between national primary and national secondary roads is in line with the policy of the National Roads Authority as made known to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17950/95]

The Operational Programme for Transport sets out the overall strategy and financial plans for investment in national primary and national secondary roads in the years 1994-99 and the total amounts to be spent over the plan period on each category. The annual grants to the National Roads Authority are determined within this framework.

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

83 Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for the Environment the number of miles of national primary, national secondary, county and regional roads in the country; and the funding provided for each type of road annually over the last five years. [17951/95]

The most up-to-date estimates of road mileages are: national primary roads, 1,698; national secondary roads, 1,674; regional roads, 7,146; county and urban roads, 49,026.

A revised inventory which will provide definitive figures on the length of public roads is at an advanced stage of preparation.

State road grant payments for the years 1991-1995

National Primary

National Secondary

Non-National†

Improvement

Maintenance

Improvement

Maintenance

Improvement

Maintenance

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

1991

127,063

11,720

12,344

8,980

67,000

12,300

1992

152,943

11,789

12,711

8,911

67,000

12,300

1993

224,285

11,805

16,265

8,895

63,000

12,300

1994

158,126

11,996

14,250

9,204

73,700

33,300

1995*

173,800

13,690

16,200

9,310

94,598

28,350

†Grant payments for non-national roads are not sub-divided on the basis of road categories.
* Allocations.