McEntee welcomes €15 million to improve regional and local roads in Meath

Monday, 29th  January 2018

The Minister for European Affairs, and local Meath East Fine Gael T.D. Helen McEntee today welcomed a considerable funding injection for Meath with the announcement of just over 15 million for local and regional roads.

'I am delighted to welcome this years funding for Meaths roads budget. An increase of just over 2 million euros, on last years amount, is a significant figure and will have a huge impact on improving & maintaining our roads networks in County Meath'.

'Having facilitated a meeting with Transport Minister Shane Ross, in recent weeks, along with  Fine Gael Colleagues and Representatives from Meath County Council, I reiterated that additional roads funding for Meath was vital and it was imperative that we have an increase on last years figure'.

Minister McEntee stated that Meath is very well positioned geographically, and in terms of population growth and skills base to
capitalise on the ongoing recovery in the Irish economy.  The ambitions of the Meath County Economic Plan and the #makeitmeath
campaign, alongside the County’s current business community depend on a good road network at local, regional and national level for the
County, Minister McEntee told Minister Ross.

The delegation highlighted the fact that while Meath had three motorways, tolling meant that many commuters were using the old roads which was putting additional pressures on the surface. The M3 in particular has two tolls from Cavan to Dublin which means commuters are using the old Navan Dunshaughlin route which is now operating at 120% capacity. 
 
Minister McEntee welcomed the ongoing pre-planning and design work on the N2 Slane By-Pass, which is due for route selection in March 2018
and was re-confirmed in the Capital Plan Review for 2018-2021.  She also welcomed the recent allocation for a study on the N2 Kilmoon
Cross to Rath Roundabout section of the N2 north of Ashbourne, but stressed to Minister Ross the need to progress from a study onto real
action for commuters who are held up each day on this section of road. An extension of the M2 motorway beyond Ashbourne, or a dual
carriageway, should be their ambition she told Minister Ross.  This would compliment the new N2 Slane By-Pass, and be another key piece of
infrastructure opening Meath up to investment, and better Port and Airport links, whilst improving the quality of life for commuters and
other road users in this part of Meath she said.

ENDS

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