Thursday, 20 June 2013

Questions (272, 273)

Timmy Dooley

Question:

272. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide a list of transport infrastructure projects that he has submitted to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for consideration for funding through stimulus measures. [29978/13]

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Timmy Dooley

Question:

273. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide a list of transport infrastructure projects that he intends to submit for consideration for funding through the recently announced Ireland Strategic Investment Fund. [29979/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 272  and  273  together.

The general approach I have taken is to keep under review projects at various stages of planning and design which have been evaluated and appraised with a view to having a pipeline of suitable "shovel ready" projects ready to avail of any funding opportunities that may arise.  I have also put considerable emphasis on the need to direct resources to the maintenance and repair of existing infrastructure. In line with this overall approach three road projects have been included in the Government's Infrastructure Stimulus package announced in July 2012 - the N17/N18 Gort to Tuam PPP together with the N25 New Ross Bypass and the N11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP.  In addition under the investment plan announced recently by the Government an additional €50million has been made available to fund maintenance and repair work on regional and local roads. Should further funding become available in the future my aim will be to develop a balanced package of measures covering infrastructure maintenance, safety schemes and targeted development  projects across the transport sector.  Of course the actual composition of such a package would depend on if and how much additional funding becomes available.