Figures released by the irish Government relating to transport spending in 2009.
Gross Expenditure for the Department of Transport in 2009 is €3,613 million, a decrease of €160 million (€6 million Current and €154 million Capital) relative to the 2008 forecast outturn. The key policy measures and adjustments associated with these resources in 2009 and later years are as follows:-
· capital expenditure of over €900 million is allocated to fund public transport infrastructure. This is about €70 million less than the amount made available in 2008, but it is sufficient for progress on a wide range of projects, including:
– Luas extensions to Cherrywood, Docklands and Citywest
– improved bus priority measures in Dublin and the regional cities
– the completion of the Midleton rail line and phase 1 of the Western Rail Corridor from Ennis to Athenry
– the construction of the Kildare Route project and phase 1 of the Navan rail line
– the continuation of Iarnród Éireann’s railway safety programme
– the start of the Dublin city centre rail re-signalling programme
– continued roll-out of new railcars on the intercity routes
– planning and enabling works on Metro North, and
– planning works for the DART Interconnector;
· in addition, €338 million of current expenditure is provided for the operation of public transport services throughout the country. This is €6 million more than the 2008 provision.
· capital expenditure of over €1.4 billion is being made available to the National Roads Authority. This allocation is €157 million less than in 2008, and while progress on some projects will necessarily have to slow down, key national routes will be delivered as planned, specifically:
– the major inter urban roads connecting Dublin with the regional cities of Waterford, Galway, Limerick and Cork by end-2010;
– the M50 upgrade;
there will also be progress on other key national routes, including the Atlantic Road
· over €600 million is being made available to local authorities throughout the country for the upgrade and maintenance of regional and local roads;
· capital expenditure of €10 million is provided for additional carbon reduction measures to target climate change initiatives in the transport sector;
· as a start to the Government’s commitment to part-fund a dual carriageway road within Northern Ireland transforming access to the North West of the island, a capital provision of €13.5 million is being made available in 2009 towards the planning works for this project;
· provision for Regional Airports is reduced by €13 million to €11 million in 2009. Annual provision for capital investment in the regional airports is decided according to estimates of likely drawdowns in the year for specific projects. This can vary from year to year;
· overall, the reduced capital allocation for transport will require some rescheduling of projects. Such decisions will be taken by the Department of Transport and its agencies on a project-by-project basis, taking account of their assessment of priorities within the revised expenditure envelope;
· the impact of the reduced current allocation is being spread across a number of areas and principally involves reduced expenditure on road maintenance.