Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (594)

Tom Barry

Question:

594. Deputy Tom Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will confirm that the proposed M20 motorway has been shelved indefinitely and that landowners affected by the proposed development will now be free to apply for planning permission, unrestricted; also, with industrial development of €150m in Mallow town, if he has made contingencies for the €25m required for a relief ring-road for the town. [11182/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

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. Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a matter in the first instance for the NRA in accordance with Section 19 of the Roads Act. Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the NRA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.