Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (604)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

604. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of State subvention paid to all road toll operators in the past two years to date; if subvention for road tolls is being reviewed in the context of the Climate Action Plan 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29178/19]

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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.  Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the operation and management 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 within 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).

The contracts for the privately-operated toll schemes are commercial agreements between TII and the Public Private Partnership (PPP) concessionaires concerned.

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