Traffic management in towns and villages throughout the country is a matter in the first instance for the relevant local authorities. The major investment being undertaken in the national roads programme is assisting local authorities to improve management of traffic in towns and villages by removing through traffic. Over the past five years a substantial number of towns around the country including, for example, Nenagh, Portlaoise, Roscrea, Balbriggan, Cavan, Donegal, Arklow have been bypassed with obvious benefits. Major projects are either under way or well advanced in planning to bypass, for example, Kildare, Youghal, Ennis, Carrickmacross, Sligo and Monasterevin. The full implementation in the years ahead of the national roads programme provided for in the national development plan will remove through traffic from more than 60 more towns and villages.
Investment in national roads is being complemented by a sustained high level of investment in the non-national roads programme overseen by the Minister for Environment and Local Government. This programme includes a regional traffic management grants scheme focused on improving traffic management in towns throughout the country.