Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Ceisteanna (59)

Michael D'Arcy

Ceist:

59. Deputy Michael D'Arcy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the actions required for the M11-N11 junction 4 M50 to junction 14 Coynes Cross upgrade; if funding has been allocated for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21964/17]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As I indicated in response to Deputy Wallace's Question, the planning, design and implementation of individual national road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

The Needs Assessment Report as published by TII in April sets out the range of measures that could be considered for implementation on a phased basis along the M11/N11 Road Corridor. As already indicated the strategic analysis in relation to the M11/N11 Corridor is at an early stage.

As regards funding, the Capital Plan published in September 2015 outlined proposed transport investment priorities to 2022. The transport element of the plan was framed by the conclusions reached in the Department of Transport's Strategic Investment Framework for Land Transport. This report highlighted the importance of maintenance and renewal of transport infrastructure together with targeted investments to address particular bottlenecks and critical safety issues.

The Capital Plan provides €6 billion for investment in the national, regional and local road network in the period to 2022, with €4.4 billion earmarked for the maintenance and strengthening of the existing extensive network, €600 million to develop the road PPP projects and €860 million for road upgrades.  Allowing for the commitments relating to PPP projects, the balance available for new projects within the available capital envelope was limited. The upgrade of the M11/N11 Corridor is not provided for in the Plan.

As regards the possibility of additional funding within the Plan period, the Capital Plan Review process is underway.  My Department is making a strong case for additional funding, including the development of a project pipeline for national road schemes, encompassing possible improvements of the M11.  The final decisions on allocations are, however, matters for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and Government as a whole.