Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (556, 557)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

556. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the national policy guidelines with respect to the erection and installation of new street lighting beyond urban speed limits; if policy in this area is decided by Transport Infrastructure Ireland; if it is a competency of the local authority concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5174/19]

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Pearse Doherty

Question:

557. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of new street lights erected and installed beyond urban speed limit zones, that is, outside of areas in which a speed limit of 50 km/h is in place, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5175/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 556 and 557 together.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I allocate the national capital roads programme budget to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to manage and deliver (in accordance with the Roads Acts 1993-2015) the planning, design, and construction of all national roads, in conjunction with local authorities. In addition under Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993 to 2015, the improvement and maintenance of all public roads including public lighting is the statutory responsibility of the relevant Local Authority supplemented by funding from my Department.

Accordingly policy and decisions in relation to new installations and extensions to public lighting schemes beyond urban speed limits is a matter for local authorities in conjunction with TII in relation to national roads.

Regarding Public Lighting on National Roads, I have referred your question to TII for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.