Lack of funding for Wicklow’s roads despite continued congestion

Following the announcement of the 2018 Transport Infastructure Ireland (TII) allocations, County Wicklow has only been given €3.7 million despite the TII’s budget of over €136 million.

Neighbouring county Wexford is to receive almost twice that of Wicklow, €6.8 million, while other counties such as Kildare are being provided up to €26.5 million.

The large majority of Wicklow’s funds are being allocated to the N81 Knockroe Bends realignment scheme, €2.5 million, with only €100,000 to be used for N11 improvements despite the increasing traffic for commuters to Dublin.

In April 2017, a TII M11/N11 Corridor Study specifically stated that “any further delay in investment in this section of the M11/N11 will lead to further increases in congestion along the corridor; and will further constrain growth in the north and east of Wicklow and the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area, as a result of reduced competitiveness and productivity”, yet there is still no forthcoming investment.

Social Democrat Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore has expressed her frustration at the lack of transport funding when she said “this poor level of funding really is not good enough – especially when compared with the allocations that other counties have received”.

Cllr. Whitmore continued that “Anyone that commutes to Dublin on the N11 knows that the road is becoming more and more congested and journey times are increasing significantly. This, combined with the fact that people are being forced to live further away from their workplaces due to rising house prices, means that it is imperative that the Government invest in this critical piece of infrastructure”.

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