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"Road improvement not the answer to all of our infrastructural problems, but it is a start." - Lynch
Published: 9 January, 2015
MLA welcomes £100,000 Road improvement scheme set to begin in Maguiresbridge
Speaking after the announcement was made by Transport Minister Danny Kennedy, Mr Lynch who is Vice Chair of the DRD Committee says,
"This announcement from Danny Kennedy can only be welcomed, given the current state of the roads right across the county and the budgetary constraints faced by the DRD.
The Department have clarified that "Whilst our resource budget for activities such as routine maintenance is severely reduced, funding for this scheme is from the capital budget for major projects and new road schemes which is less affected by the current pressures."
The Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA continues,
"I have raised the issue of the infrastructure in Fermanagh countless times, the most recent being at the end of November. I travel to Belfast three times a week and once you leave Fermanagh the majority of the roads are in great condition. With more and more people being forced to travel across and outside of the county for work, it is important that our roads are suitable.
"Unfortunately there have been a number of deaths on Fermanagh's roads in the past few weeks and I worry that if our roads continue to deteriorate, these numbers could continue to increase. Therefore, although I understand the diversions put in place between 8am and 6pm from 12th January may be an inconvenience, they should be tolerated and care should be given.
"This £100,000 road improvement scheme is not the answer to all of our infrastructural problems, but it is a start and I will continue to raise this issue with the Transport Minister until our roads improve." ENDS
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