Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (253)

Michael P. Kitt


253. Deputy Michael P. Kitt asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding arrangements that have been put in place for the construction of the Gort-Tuam motorway; when the contract for this project will be signed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15479/14]

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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.  

The Gort-Tuam PPP project is one of a number of road projects identified in the Government's July 2012 Financial Stimulus Package. Discussions with funders regarding the conclusion of the Gort-Tuam contract are close to finalisation. Once the contract has been concluded and signed the NRA will be in a position to prepare the project implementation schedule.  

The NRA has allocated €3.25m to the project in 2014.