Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Ceisteanna (563)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

563. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will commence a review into the service station policy for national roads. [36961/19]

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

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is undertaking a review of policy in relation to the provision of service areas on motorway and dual carriageway sections of the national road network. As well as providing safe stop and rest areas for motorists, service areas typically include food, fuel and toilet facilities.

 The current TII Service Area Policy document, which is available on TII's website, was published in 2014, following a comprehensive review of the motorway and dual carriageway networks to identify key locations where service areas were needed. 

 By way of background information, a consultation paper has been prepared which outlines the context for the development of the policy; and the service areas that have opened or are under construction since 2014.

Submissions have been invited by TII and should be marked “Consultation on Service Area Policy”. The submission can be emailed to serviceareapolicy@tii.ie on or before Friday, 27 September 2019. Alternatively, submissions may be posted to TII so that they are received by that date.