Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Questions (214)

Fergus O'Dowd


214. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost to buy out the operator of the M1 toll at Gormanstown; the number of years left to run in the contract; the estimated cost to buy out the Drogheda interchange ramp tolls; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40137/19]

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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).

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

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A