More than €1m invested in unopened service station south of Arklow

More than €1m has been invested in an unopened motorway service station between Arklow and Gorey, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

The Transport Authority of Ireland (TII) told the Oireachtas transport committee yesterday that it will spend €234,000 this year for security and lighting at the unopened services area.

This is double the €100,000 being provided to address concerns of safe access to and from the petrol station on the southbound lane in Kilmacanogue.

The TII also only provided just €65,000 for minor works on the N81 in west Wicklow, while much needed upgrade works for the N81 has been suspended indefinitely.

The service station, which is costing the taxpayer €19,000 a month to maintain, had accumulated an expenditure of €600,000 by the end of 2017.

Chief Executive of the TII Michael Nolan said the allocation to the unopened station is “necessary to safeguard the expenditure already invested in the Gorey Service Area by providing measures for security and daily upkeep of the building.”

Nolan told the Oireachtas committee that the delay in opening the facility is a result of a legal challenge taken by one of the unsuccessful tenderers for the provision of three motorway services stations.

The legal challenge has since been dropped and it’s expected that the Gorey services will open within the next four months.

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