Thursday, 14th December 2017
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Deise roads set for further deterioration as road

maintenance grant slashed

Dear Editor

I am shocked to learn of extensive funding cutbacks for roads maintenance Waterford in 2018.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) took the extraordinary step of writing to all Local Authorities, including Waterford City and County Council to warn them that the Ordinary Maintenance Allocation for roads will plummet by 30% in 2018.

The overall national road current expenditure budget for 2018 is set to fall by 15% when compared to 2017.

This revelation is truly shocking. A cut of this nature will only exacerbate the already poor roads network in the county.

The Minister and the Government can trumpet the national increase in funding for the department, but it’s clear from this letter than local authorities will see their allocations drop next year.

Waterford roads are already in a severe state of disrepair. It’s beyond belief that when this was raised with the Taoiseach and the Minister for Transport, they were oblivious to it, and its implications.

There is no doubt about it; this cutback will have a damaging impact on Waterford’s roads. Road users can expect to see more potholes and increased damage to their cars and higher repair costs in 2018.

Road maintenance budgets have already suffered from significant cutbacks in recent years and this has had a detrimental impact on transport infrastructure. Minister Ross should be dramatically increasing the funding allocated for roads maintenance, but instead he is overseeing the implementation of damaging cutbacks.

Minister Ross needs to review this issue as a matter of urgency. Where exactly is the additional money he secured in Budget 2018 actually going towards? It’s perfectly clear from the TII that it is not going towards roads maintenance budgets..

Yours sincerely,

Mary Butler, TD,

Fianna Fail

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