Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Ceisteanna (682)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

682. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to combat the traffic congestion on the M50; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30063/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

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,  operation and improvement of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) along with other stakeholders, is continuing to implement a number of measures on the M50 to optimise operational efficiency. 

It should be noted that  a single piece of infrastructure cannot be looked at in isolation in an urban context.  The National Transport Authority’s (NTA) Transport Strategy for the GDA 2016- 2035 sets out a number of projects and initiatives for the Greater Dublin Area that, when implemented, will greatly ease congestion for commuters. Project Ireland 2040 provides the funding for flagship projects such as BusConnects, DART Expansion and MetroLink.

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

Question No. 683 answered with Question No. 680.