Wexford worst for road funding; Garry Laffan

Wexford Borough Council Garry Laffan with former Minister Mary O'Rourke at the launch of his Local Elections campaign. Pic; Alan Roche Photography.

Local election Fianna Fail candidate for Wexford town Garry Laffan has commented on the utter neglect of roads funding in Wexford.
The National Oversight & Audit Commission revealed last month that Wexford has the worst local primary and local secondary roads in the country and comes fourth in terms of the worst regional roads in Ireland.
Yet Wexford only received around half of the roads funding received by counties Mayo, Kildare, and Donegal. The Department of Transport itself admits that it is 39% below what is needed.
Laffan said; “These findings will come as no great surprise to anyone who has to drive around Wexford. There are dozens of roads across the town and district that are in a dangerous state but the Government’s refusal to allocate the necessary funding means that they have been left in a state of disrepair.
“Over the past number of years, the level of funding allocated for road maintenance has been running well below what’s needed and serious road safety issues have arisen as a result. Road surfaces are uneven, there are large potholes on several non-national roads and disappearing line markings are making driving conditions on our roads extremely dangerous.
“Unless funding is approved, we will only see a continued deterioration in our roads. This will not only have an impact on local areas but has serious implications for road safety as well”, concluded Laffan.

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