North Kilkenny road project going ahead immediately- John Paul Phelan TD

Sean Keane

Reporter:

Sean Keane

Deputy John Paul Phelan
WORK is to begin immediately on the N77 Ballynaslee Realignment in Ballyraggett and the project will be complete by the Autumn of next year, according to Fine Gael TD, John Paul Phelan.

WORK is to begin immediately on the N77 Ballynaslee Realignment in Ballyraggett and the project will be complete by the Autumn of next year, according to Fine Gael TD, John Paul Phelan.

The funding comes under a major investment in roads and public transport, one of the biggest over the past 6 years, Deputy Phelan said. Some preliminary works have already started in preparation of the project beginning in earnest.

“The Roads funding programme is part of the Government’s stimulus package announced in May. €21 million is also being made for affected areas by severe weather. A further €14.1 million to repair roads at national, regional and local level.

“This means N77 Ballynaslee Realignment will proceed in 2015. The funding which is made up of stimulus funding agreed by the Government last May (€40 million), funding for Severe Weather Repair agreed by Government in February 2014 (€21 million) and a new allocation of €101 million which will be used to ensure the public transport sector is better placed to address the transport demands of our economic recovery,” according to Deputy Phelan.

Funding is also being prioritised for the renewal of aging bus fleets, which will mean 90 modern new buses for Dublin Bus commuters and 57 new coaches for Bus Éireann, as well as provision to allow for enhanced service reliability and safety for passengers for those who use Irish Rail services. This is the largest Supplementary Estimate to be awarded to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for public transport since before the economic crisis of 2008.