Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (26)

John Paul Phelan

Question:

26. Deputy John Paul Phelan asked the Minister for Transport if the funding provided to local authorities for roads maintenance will be kept at or increased from the 2020 allocation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7492/21]

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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.

Following the publication of the Revised Estimates Volume (REV), the allocation for regional and local roads in 2021 has increased to €555 million approximately - €46m Current and €509m Capital.

My objective will be to allocate funding to eligible local authorities on as equitable a basis as possible taking the length of the road network and traffic factors into account. The main focus of the grants will continue to be maintenance and renewal of the regional and local road network.

Grant allocations for 2021 are being notified to local authorities this week.