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Muir raises lack of investment in North Down Roads with Infrastructure Minister

Andrew Muir MLA raising issue with Infrastructure
Minister in Assembly Chamber on Tuesday 20 October 2020

North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has raised the lack of investment in North Down roads with the Infrastructure Minister in the Assembly Chamber on Tuesday 20 October 2020 mentioning he has “a list the length of my arm of roads in the North Down constituency that require repair and maintenance”.

Commenting on the issue, Andrew Muir MLA stated “During Assembly proceedings we were informed by the Minister of staggering amounts paid out partly due poor roads maintenance but yet only £1million in additional funding has been sought in the October Monitoring Round to cover Minor Works, Local Transport and Safety Measures to get roads and pavements resurfaced, pot holes fixed and other key local measures. 

With so many roads and other infrastructure are in real need of action locally in North Down but yet only half a dozen selected this year for repair and resurfacing it’s incredible just £1million more funding has been sought for all of Northern Ireland. I would again urge the Minister to explore every avenue possible to ensure chronic under investment in Infrastructure across North Down and beyond is tackled.”

Infrastructure Minister stated on 20 October 2020 in response to a Question from Andy Allen MLA “I can confirm that, during the six full financial years from 2014-15 to 2019-2020, £13·1 million in roads-related public liability compensation was paid in claims for vehicle damage, personal injury and property damage. During the same period, the Department received 18,452 public liability compensation claims and paid compensation in 10,453 cases. However, I wish to make it clear that claims received in one financial year are not always concluded within that financial year. Therefore, the figures that I have provided for cases where compensation was paid out, as well as the compensation amount, will include details for claims received in prior financial years. It has been independently established that, at today’s prices, some £143 million is needed to maintain the structural integrity of Northern Ireland’s road network. However, due to budget constraints, that amount has not been available over the period in question.