With regard to the issue of national roads, as Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and construction/upgrading timetables for 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 question concerning national roads to TII for a more detailed reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.
As the Deputy is aware, the NTA's Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area provides the overarching framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure and services for Dublin over the next two decades including those investment priorities identified in the NDP. Addressing urban congestion on both the strategic road network and locally in certain locations is an important theme in the Strategy. The measures proposed are linked to an analysis of current and projected levels of travel demand across the region. In light of the NTA’s responsibility in this matter, I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the NTA for further update.
Implementation of the Regional and Local road improvement projects is the responsibility of the relevant road authority with grant support from my Department.
As it will be some years before funding under the Capital Plan builds up to the level required to maintain the Regional and Local road network in a steady state condition, expenditure continues to be primarily directed towards maintenance and renewal work. The Capital Plan upgrade projects are being implemented on a phased basis as budgets allow and as projects are advanced through the project development stages by the relevant road authorities.
The major Regional and Local road projects anticipated for completion in 2019 are:
- R407 Sallins Bypass (Q4 2019/Q1 2020)
- Portlaoise Southern Distributor Road
- Dingle Relief Road
- Grange Castle Business Park, Adamstown (R120) and Nangor Road (R134)
The other Regional and Local road projects will be progressed as the necessary phases are completed including planning consents, land acquisition and procurement and as funding can be made available by my Department.