The communities of North Cork will see the benefit of increased funding for roads, buses and trains in Budget 2020, a Fine Gael General Election candidate has said.
General Election candidate and local councillor, John Paul, O’Shea, said: “Budget 2020 includes a significant increase of €384m in investment to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, including investment in the rural transport network.
“For North Cork, this funding will include investment in key Project Ireland 2040 for the area including planning work on the M20 Cork to Limerick scheme and the Ballyvourney to Macroom Upgrade Scheme.
“Extra funding has also been made available for the National Roads Maintenance programme which will help ensure the standard of our roads in the area are maintained and improved.
“I was also pleased to see that funding for the Department of Transport will fund more train carriages on InterCity services, as well as additional buses and the local link programme.
“I hope that services that serve communities in Cork North West including Millstreet and Charleville benefit from additional capacity.
“It is welcome that the Budget also includes a concentrated effort to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points which will see the number of on street charging points delivered by local councils double.
“Grants for electric vehicles will also continue which will help people transition away from petrol and diesel cars.
“Fine Gael, unlike some opposition parties, know the value of investing in our rural road system, as well as investing in our public transport network.
“This Budget will safeguard North Cork’s connectivity with the rest of the country, protecting jobs and encouraging enterprise into the area,” he concluded.