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Written Answers - Road Network

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 298. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar  the extent to which public funds have been expended to date on the planning, design, development and construction of on-line motorway service stations; the anticipated expenditure on such projects after the next three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3035/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar As Minister for Transport, I have responsiblity for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The planning, design and implementation of individual national roads are matters for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2007 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. In particular, the allocation of funding in relation to the construction or maintenance of national road projects, including service area projects, is a matter in the first instance for the NRA in accordance with Section 19 of the Roads Act. In addition under section 54 of the Roads Act 1993, as amended by section 10 of the Roads Act 2007, the NRA has a specific responsibility in relation to agreements to build and operate motorway service areas.

Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the NRA for direct reply. He should advise my private office if he does not receive a reply within 10 working days.


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