Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2390)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

2390. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the road funding and grants each local authority received by local authority and year; and the amount each is responsible for in kilometres. [32592/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of local authorities, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority.

Within the budget available to the Department, grant funding is allocated on as fair and equitable basis as possible. In this context, grants in the main grant categories are allocated based on the length of regional and local roads within a local authority area of responsibility and contributing traffic factors. Arising from the arrangements in place in relation to Local Property Tax receipts, the four Dublin Councils are largely self-funding for works on regional and local roads since 2015 and my Department no longer provides grants to these Councils under the main regional and local road grant categories.

Grant funding has been allocated based on the 2012 road length figures as set out in the table below. The Department is currently in the process of updating those road length figures.

Details of the regional and local road grant payments in previous years and allocations for 2019 to local authorities are outlined in the regional and local road grant booklets which are available in the Dáil Library.

Local Authority

Regional km

Local km

Total km

Carlow

186

1008

1194

Cavan

399

2481

2880

Clare

634

3439

4073

Cork

1402

10465

11867

Donegal

800

5325

6125

Dunlaoghaire Rathdown

106

561

667

Fingal

262

982

1244

Galway

826

5443

6269

Kerry

536

3802

4338

Kildare

482

1889

2371

Kilkenny

421

2584

3005

Laois

349

1721

2070

Leitrim

336

1769

2105

Limerick City and County

521

3138

3659

Longford

154

1367

1521

Louth

266

1389

1655

Mayo

629

5459

6088

Meath

574

2578

3152

Monaghan

302

2122

2424

Offaly

389

1666

2055

Roscommon

373

3357

3730

Sligo

224

2286

2510

South Dublin

106

786

892

Tipperary

896

4482

5378

Waterford City and County

421

2426

2847

Westmeath

310

1829

2139

Wexford

477

2851

3328

Wicklow

445

1671

2116

Cork City

44

419

463

Dublin City

215

931

1146

Galway City

35

245

280

Total

13,120

80,471

93,591

In relation to national roads, as Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 the operation of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Within the budget available to it, allocations to individual local authorities is also a matter for TII. I have, therefore, forwarded the Deputy's question to TII for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.