Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (81)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

81. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport his plans regarding the upgrading of the national road network in areas throughout the country that have not benefited from such enhancement in the past with particular reference to the need to ensure an adequate and reliable network for commercial transport both throughout the island of Ireland and gaining access to European markets in the wake of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26247/20]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and securing exchequer funding in relation to the National Roads Programme. Once funding arrangements have been put in place with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), the operation, construction and upgrading of individual national roads is a matter for TII, in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. This is also subject to the requirements of the Public Spending Code Guidelines and necessary statutory approvals. In this context, TII is best placed to advise on the current status and funding of proposed projects, pending also the Government's proposed review of the NDP.

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