€6.6m for Longford roads under 2019 National Roads Programme

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€6.6m for Longford roads with 2019 National Roads Programme

Longford County Council is to receive €6,625,899 towards its 2019 National Roads Programme, representing an increase of more than €1.5m on the 2018 allocation.

The county received €2,541,514 in 2017 and €2,643,188 in 2016.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) this week approved national road schemes to the value of €338m.

Welcoming the TII announcement, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, said this funding goes towards developing and maintaining vital national road infrastructure for safe and effective travel throughout the country.

Minister of State Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, said this €6.6m allocation is massive for Longford as we all know the condition of the roads.

The Longford-Westmeath Independent Alliance TD added, "I'm delighted to have worked on behalf of Longford County Council and the councillors because everyone is putting their shoulder to the wheel to ensure this money was secured."

Longford received a National Roads allocation of €5.1m for 2018, and towards the end of January, a further €8.5m was announced for 2018 road improvement and maintenance works, an increase of €2.4m on the 2017 allocation of €6.1m.

Cllr Micheál Carrigy also welcomed this week's TII announcement and said the money will go towards national primary and secondary roads projects in Longford town, Ballymahon, Newtownforbes and Granard.

Cllr Carrigy said a delegation from Longford recently met with officials from TII to discuss funding for projects on national routes. "We stressed that the extension of the motorway through Longford was a priority. We got commitments that consultants would appointed in January 2019 to start the process which will take a number of years to complete."