Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (34)

Darren O'Rourke

Question:

34. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport if the review of the national development plan will not result in existing road infrastructure projects contained in the plan being scrapped or delayed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7609/21]

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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.

Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. TII delivers the National Roads Programme in line with Project Ireland 2040, the National Planning Framework and the NDP. As regards regional and local roads, the NDP makes provision for the implementation of a number of road improvement schemes, subject to necessary approvals.

The Programme for Government (PfG) includes a commitment to bring forward the planned review of the NDP and use the review to set out an updated NDP for the period up to 2030.

The review of the NDP will be aligned with the National Planning Framework, the National Strategic Outcomes and Project Ireland 2040, and is broad and wide ranging. The review seeks to strengthen the alignment with the National Planning Framework as well as to take into account key developments since the launch of the current NDP in 2018, including the PfG.