Longford roads network given €8.5m cash boost

Regional and local roads to share in windfall with €1.25m set for routes entering to and from Center Parcs site

Liam Cosgrove

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Boxer Moran

Independent Alliance TD for Longford/Westmeath, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran in Longford proudly shows off this week's roads funding announcement

Longford’s roads network is to receive an €8.5m cash injection over the next 12 months, it has been announced this morning.

The substantial sum, ring-fenced by Minister Shane Ross’ Transport department, was announced by party colleague and Longford-Westmeath Independent Alliance TD Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran.

The county’s 2018 roads funding allocation represents a marked increase from the €6.1m set aside under last year’s programme.

“This is excellent news for the county and I am delighted that a number of key projects that I have strongly argued for, have been included in the 2018 allocation,” he said.

Mr Moran said the onset of building work at the new Center Parcs site had played a key role in boosting state monies allocated to the south of the county.

“The development at Center Parcs has also necessitated in the spending of extra funding in the South Longford and Ballymahon area and I am delighted to see that an extra €1.25m has been allocated to the area,” said Minister Moran.

“I am especially pleased that the 2018 grant allocations include important initiatives in the area of Community Involvement Schemes and Drainage.

"While local authorities were able to use general grants for such schemes in recent years, this year ring-fenced funding is being provided. Longford County Council is to receive €167,500 in the area of drainage.”

“These are two areas where I have very much wanted to see action being taken and I am very glad it is being done this year.  There needs to be an increased focus on measures to improve the resilience of the road network in the face of climate change.”

The former Westmeath county councillor signed off by reserving a special mention for his party running mate and incumbent Transport Minister Shane Ross.

“Today’s announcement is also in addition to the €5.1m announced for Longford by Transport Infrastructure Ireland earlier this month for other road safety projects,” he added.

Longford County Council 2018 roads allocation

Restoration Improvement €3,207,000

Restoration Maintenance €551,500

Supplementary Restoration Maintenance €250,500

Discretionary Grant €1,145,500

Bridge Rehabilitation €230,000

Specific Improvement €1,250,000

Safety Improvement Works €175,000

Speed Limits €41,250

Training Grant €24,000

Drainage Works €167,500

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