€100m euro is to be spent improving the country’s road and rail network, it has been announced.
Under the spending plans, improvements will be made to the Dublin to Cork railway, trains are to be upgraded and new buses are being bought.
- €29million will deliver much needed maintenance on rail rolling stock required for the provision of services. It will lead to continued reliability and punctuality across all rail fleets, enhance the customer experience and help attract more people to use rail services.
- €9million towards the Rail Safety programme which will help improve journey times on the Dublin/Cork line.
- €20million will be used to expand / replace bus fleet to meet growing demand.
- €2million for city bikes expansion and cycling safety measures.
€34 million will be provided towards critical remedial works, maintenance and strengthening of the road network at national, regional and local level, where funding has been severely constrained since the crisis began. This spend has a wide geographic spread and will have positive economic impact. Of this, €10 million will be allocated to pavement works on our national road network, including specific upgrades which are vital for the economy. €24 million will go towards regional and local roads, which will allow 350km of sub-standard road pavement to be brought up to a high standard across 27 Local Authority areas.
€1 million to enhance road safety, including investment in drug testing devices and other road safety related measures.
€4.2 million will be allocated to tourism related projects, including further development of Ireland’s Ancient East corridor and the Wild Atlantic Way.
€800k will be allocated to the National Indoor Arena, in addition to funding already committed, to accelerate the delivery of this world class facility for our athletes at the National Sports Campus.