LAST week at a meeting of the Committee on the Budgetary Oversight Review of the Capital Plan with the Transport Infrastructure Ireland West Cork independent TD Micahel Collins called on the government to ensure that more funds are allocated to the repair and upgrade of the main routes in the West Cork region.
“If we want to create employment and bring jobs to rural communities, we need good roads, but the roads in West Cork and I am talking about the main routes, to be honest, are in an appalling condition and have been for quite some time,” Deputy Collins said.
Deputy Collins said that in his opinion West Cork has been left at the end of the list when it comes to the allocation of road maintenance funding.
“How is it determined which area gets funding and which areas have to wait? For example, it took six months before a road, which had collapsed in Ballydehob last year to be repaired. Journeys that should take 20 minutes can take up to 45 minutes if trucks or agricultural machinery are on the road.”
Deputy Collins asked the members of the Transport Insfrastrucutre Ireland for simple passing bays, this is a request he has previously put to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Ross.
He continued, “We are looking for simple solutions and these passing bays should be considered and they are not being considered. I urge the government to look at simple solutions for West Cork and to consider bigger solutions as time goes on.”
In response to Deputy Collins’ request for Chairman of the TII, Michael Nolan acknowledged that there is not enough work being done on West Cork roads and he said, “we could be doing an awful lot more on the N71 and the scheme to West Cork.”
Mr Nolan thanked Deputy Collins for suggesting the interim solution of passing bays and he said that he would take his suggestion on board.