Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2502)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

2502. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount spent on compensation to toll operators on national routes; the amount paid in 2018; and the expected compensation that will have to be paid in 2019 to toll operators. [34440/19]

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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 construction, including the 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, is 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, is 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.