Thursday, 16 December 2021
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
65. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when it is proposed to notify local authorities of the financial allocations for the national road network and the non-national road network for 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62289/21]
The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from Councils' own resources supplemented by State road grants, where applicable.
Grant allocations for 2022 will be notified to local authorities in late January or early February next year.
As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and exchequer funding in relation to the National Roads Programme. Once funding arrangements for 2022 have been put in place with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), the operation and management of individual national roads is a matter for TII, in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.
Noting the above position, regarding national roads I can confirm that grant allocations for 2022 will be notified to local authorities on Friday December 17th. The allocations will also be published on TII's website.