Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (222)

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

226 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which he has sought or received submissions from the various local authorities with a view to remedial action in respect of specific locations throughout the country wherein it is deemed that the road surface, vertical or horizontal alignment is such as to present serious health and safety issues; if such locations, accident black spots, have been identified as being in need of particular action, his plans, if any, in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23351/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport)

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads, in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993. Works on such roads are a matter for the relevant local authority to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the Council.

In July of last year, the National Roads Authority (on behalf of the Department) sought applications, in respect of regional and local roads, for funding under the Low Cost Safety Improvement Grants Scheme in 2012. Under this scheme of works, grant approval is based on accident data, inspection of sites and targeting locations showing demonstrable hazard which can be improved through engineering measures. A total of €6.035 million has been allocated to local authorities under this scheme of grants in 2012 for works at 212 locations.

The funding provided to each local authority and the individual schemes are listed in the 2012 Grant Allocations to Local Authorities for Regional and Local Roads which is available in the Dáil library.