Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (706)

Dessie Ellis


706. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the need for traffic calming or other measures to slow traffic will be considered at a location (details supplied) as four children have been knocked down there in recent months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31546/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities own resources supplemented by State road grants. My Department has allocated over €400 million for works on regional and local roads in 2013.  From this allocation, Dublin City Council has been allocated over €7.7 million. However, the initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded from these grants is also a matter for the local authority.

On behalf of the Department, the National Roads Authority (NRA) will shortly invite applications for funding in 2014 under the Low Cost Safety Improvement Grants Scheme.  The criteria for grant approval under this grants scheme are based on accident data, inspection of sites, locations showing demonstrable hazard and discussions between the local authority and the NRA.   It is open to the Council to prioritise works at Marewood Crescent and include them among its proposals for funding. Alternatively, the Council may fund these works through its own resources or to seek to use some of the monies recently allocated to Dublin City Council in June 2013 for such works.