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Road Traffic Accidents

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (138)

Holly Cairns


138. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Transport the actions he is taking to address serious and fatal road accidents at accident black spots. [53597/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is responsible, in conjunction with local authorities, for the national road network and undertakes extensive analysis and intervention to mitigate against unsafe areas on the network.

Local authorities are responsible for the maintenance and improvement of regional and locals within their area of responsibility while my Department provides financial and technical support, including an investment of €571 million this year.

Local authorities can apply under the Department's regional and local road grant programme for funding for safety works. €10 million approx. in grant support has been allocated this year for lower cost safety improvement works schemes on regional and local roads based on collision analysis with a view to addressing potentially dangerous areas on the network. In addition, there is a significant number of higher cost safety schemes being funded under the Department's Specific Improvement grant programme.

When a fatality occurs or a serious injury likely to be fatal, An Garda Síochána and a local authority Engineer jointly complete an LA16 form to record any road deficiencies at the site of the crash which can then be rectified.

In addition, my Department has initiated work on collision analysis across the regional road network to identify areas of concern that will provide an order of priority for intervention.

As regards national roads, I have referred the question to Transport Infrastructure Ireland for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.