Roads body hits out at ‘ghost’ motorways claim
The Republic’s National Roads Authority (NRA) has hit out at accusations it is building “ghost” motorways.
Heritage body An Taisce claimed there had been “chronic misspending” on motorways in the Republic at a time when there were 22,000 fewer drivers on Irish roads.
It said the NRA was using seven-year-old data predicting traffic growth of up to 3% annually, even though traffic had fallen by 7% in the past two years. In a statement, An Taisce claimed the new network of motorways would become “ghost roads” as oil prices rose and traffic fell even further in Ireland.
However, NRA director of corporate affairs Michael Egan dismissed the criticism and said the authority was building a roads network for the next 20 years.