Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Questions (145)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

145. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport the extent to which he expects the upgrading of the M4 and N4 in addition to the upgrading of rail services in anticipation of the increased traffic volumes after Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10300/21]

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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 upgrading and improvement of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. This is also subject to the Public Spending Code Guidelines and the necessary statutory approvals. In this context, TII is best placed to advise you so I have referred your question to them for a direct reply.

The upgrading of rail services is a matter for the NTA in conjunction with Irish Rail so I have referred the rail aspect of your question to the NTA for direct reply.