Fine Gael Galway West and Mayo South TD, Seán Kyne has welcomed the allocation of an additional €1.6 million today for improvements to Galway’s local and regional roads which brings to almost €60 million the amount invested so far this year in Galway’s road network.
The funding is part of a new €100 million transport funding package, €34 million of which is being directed towards national, regional roads infrastructure.
Commented Deputy Kyne: “Today’s additional funding for a road infrastructure is hugely welcome and will benefits communities across Galway as well as providing a boost to construction jobs.
“Of the €24 million portion of the funding for local and regional roads €1.6 million is being provided for Galway. This is in addition to the €23 million for local and regional roads which was allocated to Galway City and County Councils back in February of this year.
“The extra funding brings to almost €60 million in funding provided by the Fine Gael-led Government for Galway’s road network this year.
“Furthermore, our local authorities have been given greater discretion on spending the new allocations. 20% can be used by local councils for Community Improvement Schemes while 10% can be directed towards Local Improvement Schemes.
“This welcome flexibility will enable our local councils, armed with local knowledge and experience, to direct funding in a more effective way. There are already examples in areas such as Connemara of discretionary funding being used to improve the condition of road surfaces and layouts which in turn improves safety for all road-users.
“Also included in this round of funding are allocations for improvements to Galway’s main tourist information centre (€250,000 jointly with Cork) and €400,000 to further the tourist routes including the Wild Atlantic Way.”
Additional Road Allocations – July 2015
Nationally €34 million of which €24 million is for Local and Regional Roads and of which €1,626,550 is for Galway
National Roads Allocation – 2015 (announced December 2014)
Galway County Council €34.45 million
Galway City Council €711,024
Regional and Local Roads Allocation – 2015
Galway County Council – €19.8 million
Galway City Council – €3.2 million
Total for Galway City and County is €59,787,574