Minister focuses on 'shovel ready' transport projects

Transport projects are set to get a €75 million boost as part of the Government's jobs initiative announced on Tuesday.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar is reallocating €75 million into ‘shovel-ready’ transport projects to start this year.

This new funding will create at least 1,000 new jobs in a range of projects, and will repair the damage inflicted on 650km of our roads in two very severe winters.

Minister of State for Transport Alan Kelly says: ‘I can confirm that some €15 million will go straight into labour-intensive traffic management and smarter travel projects. This will create safer road junctions, better footpaths and improved bus networks, and support new cycle schemes.

"The job creation process will start immediately and will bring in the region of 150 jobs specifically in the smarter travel field. This is about the Government lending a hand to the local economy. It is not a full solution, but represents a small starting step towards recovery. It will generate a little more confidence in the Irish high street and demonstrate where this Government’s priorities lie.”


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