Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (127, 150, 172)

Clare Daly

Question:

127. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the monies paid to date to public private partnerships and toll operators on the Limerick Tunnel and M3 Motorway due to an underestimate of traffic flow; and the expected payments during the next five years. [8381/13]

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Brian Stanley

Question:

150. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount the State paid in subsidies to toll operators due to low traffic numbers in 2012; the projected cost of these subsidies for 2013; and the work he has done to renegotiate these subsidies. [8579/13]

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Clare Daly

Question:

172. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the moneys already paid for the acquisition of the West Link Toll Bridge by the State and monies due to be paid annually to 2020. [8380/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 127, 150 and 172 together.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2007 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. In addition, the statutory power to levy tolls on national roads, to make toll bye-laws and to enter into toll agreements with private investors in respect of national roads is vested in the NRA under Part V of the Roads Act 1993 (as amended by the Planning and Development Act 2000 and the Roads Act 2007). Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the NRA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you don’t receive a reply within 10 working days.