Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1070)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

1070. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on whether the level of tolling of the M3 motorway is excessive and discourages motorists to use the motorway; and his further views on whether the two tolls are a barrier for trade and development in north County Meath. [12823/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and operation of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

Therefore, matters relating to the day to day operations regarding national roads, including toll roads and the establishment of a system of tolls, are fully under the remit of TII. More specifically, the statutory power to levy tolls, to make toll bye-laws and to enter into agreements with private investors are vested in TII under Part V of the Roads Act 1993 (as amended).

Noting the above position, I have referred the question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.