Center Parcs Longford Forest. Photo: Twitter @SiskGroup
€8.4m will be invested in Longford's regional and local roads in 2019, including an allocation of €1.8m for routes associated with the €233m Center Parcs Longford Forest holiday village resort at Newcastle Wood in Ballymahon.
Transport Minister Shane Ross announced the funding allocation this morning. The 2018 allocation to Longford was over €7m.
Longford/Westmeath TD, and Minister of State Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, expressed his delight with the increased allocation. “This is excellent news for Longford and I am delighted that a number of key projects that I have strongly argued for, have been included in the 2019 allocation.”
He added, “The development at Center Parcs Longford Forest 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 €1.8m has been allocated to the area. The Government has not been found wanting in supporting major investment in the county and will continue to do so.”
Today’s announcement is also in addition to the €6.6m announced for Longford by Transport Infrastructure Ireland earlier this month for other road safety projects.
Funding of over €18m for the regional and local roads in Longford and Westmeath announced this morning. pic.twitter.com/jVJsNeY80c— Kevin 'Boxer' Moran (@kevinboxermoran) February 1, 2019