ROADS TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY
Roscommon County Council’s corporate objective as set out in the Corporate Plan 2014 – 2019 is to “Ensure the development of an adequate transport network”. The implementation of this objective, will for the duration of the Plan, continue with further investment in the roads network throughout the county.
Ariel view of Ballaghaderreen By-Pass which was officially opened on 2nd September, 2014 by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D.
A comprehensive well-functioning roads infrastructure is of critical importance for:-
- The efficient and cost effective movement of persons and freight within, and into and out of, the country.
- The achievement of balanced regional development and the diffusion of employment opportunities
- Securing the competitiveness of the economy
- Minimising the adverse effects of transport activities on the environment.
Ireland’s road network as a whole carries 96% of passenger traffic and 90% of freight traffic, reflecting a reliance on roads which is one of the highest in the EU. The corresponding figures for the EU as a whole are 88% for passenger traffic and 72% for freight traffic. In view of our small land area and dispersed pattern of population settlement and economic activity, the road network is and will continue to be the dominant mode of internal transport in Ireland.
National Roads account for approximately 6% of the total roads network but carry 38% of all road traffic.
Roscommon County Council plays an active role in maintaining and improving the roads network within the county on an ongoing basis as resources permit.