Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Ceisteanna (182, 183)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

182. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of each of the road infrastructure projects contained in the National Development Plan 2018 to 2027. [16933/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

183. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the stage of development and anticipated timescale for each of the road infrastructure projects contained in the National Development Plan 2018 to 2027. [16934/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 182 and 183 together.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme under the National Development Plan (NDP).  Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. 

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

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of the relevant local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants.  Each local authority is the contracting authority for the purpose of implementation of regional and local road improvement projects. 

Under the National Development Plan, my Department is committed at present to providing grant funding towards the cost of 12 capital road improvement schemes.  The status and current estimated cost for each of these schemes is set out in the table below.

The Deputy will be aware that the principal mode of public transport in Ireland, as in most countries, is buses and that consequently appropriate investment in roads infrastructure, as outlined, is crucial if we are to encourage more use of public transport and reduce our carbon and other emissions. 

Name of Project  

Total Cost of Project €m

Brief Description of Current Status of Project

Project Completion Date

R407 Sallins By Pass

57

At Construction.

2020

Coonagh to Knockalisheen

52

At land acquisition stage & preparation of tender documents

2022

Athy Southern Distributor Road

34

At land acquisition stage and advance works

2023

Shannon Crossing/Kilalloe Bypass/R494 Upgrade

62

At land acquisition stage, site investigation and detailed design

2023

Eastern Garavogue Bridge and Approach Road (DTTaS element)

20

Land acquisition, advance works and preparation of contract documents.  

2022

Adamstown & Nangor Road Upgrades

18

At Construction stage

2019

Sligo Western Distributor Road (DTTaS element)

15

At Construction stage

2020

R498 Latteragh realignment

15

At planning stage

2022

Tralee Northern Relief Road

11

At Detailed Appraisal

2021

Portlaoise Southern Distributor Road

7

At Construction

2019

Laytown to Bettystown Link Road

5

At planning stage

2020

Dingle Relief Road

4

At Construction stage

2019

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