Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (50)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

50. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way it is envisaged that the relationship between the National Transport Authority and the new body arising from the merger of the National Roads Authority and the Railway Procurement Agency will be structured in the future; if the delivery of transport infrastructure will be improved in terms of strategic regional planning; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15152/14]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The new NRA/RPA merged entity will retain all the existing functions of both bodies. The relationship with the NTA will be as currently set out in the Dublin Transport Authority Act, 2008 in relation to the RPA for light rail, and in relation to the NRA as regards national road infrastructure within the Greater Dublin Area. The new merged body will continue to undertake public transport infrastructure projects on receipt of direction from the NTA to perform delivery functions on its behalf in the Greater Dublin Area, and it will receive funding from the NTA in respect of those projects.

In relation to roads the new Body will remain as the Sanctioning Authority for national roads and will receive funding directly from my Department in this regard. Funding allocations and work programmes will be based on the priorities set out in the relevant capital plans, currently the Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2012-2016: Medium Term Exchequer Framework.

The benefits arising from the sharing of expertise within the new organisation will strengthen its capacity to interact with central government, local government and other relevant agencies, such as NTA, in formulating strategic plans and delivering key transport infrastructure projects.