The Irish Department for Transport, Tourism and Sport has published a draft strategy for land transport investment, which is now open for comments from the public.
The draft was prepared by a steering group which aimed to establish priorities and principles for future investment in land transport. Their findings and conclusions will contribute to a detailed funding framerwork for 2015-2019. The strategy also considers investment requirements over the longer term to 2040.
In preparing the draft, the steering group found that a key challenge for future investment is the need to match levels investment to the requirements for maintaining, renewing and improving a transport network to efficiently support the economic and social needs of the country.
Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, highlighted that getting the level of transport investment right was an important issue, saying: 'We have to ensure that all transport investment is focused and prioritised to secure the most advantageous outcomes for our economy and our people.'
'However, we must also be alert to the fact that underinvestment in transport does adversely impact on our competitiveness, our potential for economic growth and indeed the welfare of our citizens.'
Comments on the strategy can be sent by email to SFILT@dttas.ie until 16 October 2014.
For more information, visit dttas.ie or download the report.