TransportNI (previously DRD Roads Service), that look after Northern Ireland’s road network, have had their budget cut by £60m for year 2015/16. Breaking that figure down:
The minister told the DRD committee last week that only £13m was available for TransportNI to cover the cost of street lighting, patching materials and salt, external contractors, fleet maintenance and fuel.
The cost of all those services, he added, is normally over £40 million.
That translates to less (if any) potholes being fixed, and crucially no budget for salting the roads. It is going to be a depressing year for the Northern Irish motorist.
Thanks to forum member Antoin for picking it up