Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (253)

Michael P. Kitt

Question:

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.