M20 motorway central to €35 billion investment in transport

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COMMITMENT to the delivery of the M20 motorway between Limerick and Cork has been described as a significant element of the National Development Plan review, which was recently endorsed by the Government.

Limerick Fine Gael TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Transport and Communications Committee, Kieran O’Donnell said there were several road projects included in the NDP and central to it was the M20.

“A proper route between these two cities and counties will improve the lot for all wishing to live and work within the vicinity,” he declared.

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“This is the biggest investment in transport in the history of the State with €35 billion to be allocated over a decade for new public transport, new roads, new active travel projects and continued investment in international connectivity via our ports and airports,” Deputy O’Donnell explained.

His party colleague Senator Maria Byrne said that the NDP commits to a total investment of €165 billion in capital projects over ten years until 2030.

“This is a continuation of work that began under Fine Gael in 2018 with the publication of Project Ireland 2040 and I’m delighted to see continuation of this work three years on with the publication of the NDP.

“The roads and transport investment of €35 billion will benefit people across Limerick. The 2:1 spending ratio, as agreed in the Programme for Government, on new public transport and roads has been protected and the plan will help us deliver on our climate targets as we increase the number of trips made by public transport and active travel by 500,000 by 2030,” Senator Byrne explained.

““The pandemic has impacted the working lives of many people in Limerick and the NDP will create infrastructure to support the remote working hub network and allow access to flexible working that works for people across Limerick.

“A range of new funds for businesses has also been announced under the plan. The new Enterprise Green Transition Fund will help companies across Limerick invest in technologies to reduce their carbon emissions, while the Digital Transition Fund will aid companies in embedding digitisation into their business models,” she added.