McNulty seeks dedicated funding to repair roads network

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
Community, Politics

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has called on Transport NI to provide a dedicated fund for repairing the crumbling road network. 

McNulty raised the issue with the Divisional Roads Manager this week.



Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “Our roads are in a mess and the damage being caused to vehicles is terrible and the longer roads are left unrepaired the more it is going to cost to repair them in the future.

“It just doesn’t make sense to continue to ignore the state of roads, they’re not inspected, not scheduled for repairs and then the road deteriorates even further.

“Additional monies must be ring-fenced for the Department of Infrastructure. Road repairs, resurfacing and pothole repairs must be a top priority for the department. Outside contractors must be brought in to support the works of the teams in the local section offices and dedicated funding must be made available for repairs over and above current budgets.



He continued, “Every day I am approached by local motorists who have had damage caused to their vehicles. One young man had only left the local MOT Centre having just passed his annual MOT only to hit a large pothole and cause damage to his car. It took hundreds of pounds to repair the damage to his car and this young man was absolutely furious.

“The Divisional Manager asked me to prioritise the top ten roads in the area which were in real need of repair, but to be honest I couldn’t. Every road needs maintenance and repairs, there is no point in repairing one road, or even worse, one section of a particular road and leaving the rest of the road in the same dreadful condition. 

McNulty added, “We need action, we need it urgently and we need a dedicated fund to repair our dreadful roads network.”



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