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Rural Transport Programme saving

The Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Alan Kelly told Timmy Dooley (FF, Clare) that the budget for the Rural Transport Programme in 2014 would be €9.446m, explaining how the expenditure report for 2014 showed  a saving of €0.9m  (Dail Eireann, Debates, 22nd October 213, 358).  Under the restructuring of the programme announced earlier in the year, 18 Transport Coordination Units would take the place of 35 RTP groups, which would allow for maximizing spend on services and reduced administrative costs.  There would be no changes in service levels during the restructuring period.