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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 211 and 221 together. The MetroLink project is currently at Decision Gate 1: Approval in Principle under the Public Spending Code.  The key document at Decision Gate 1 is the Preliminary Business Case and a Preliminary Business Case has been submitted to my Department for initial review in line with the requirements of...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Electric Vehicles (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The Deputy will be aware that the Government is fully committed to supporting a significant expansion and modernisation of the electric vehicle charging network over the coming years. A national charging infrastructure strategy is due to be published for public consultation early this year which will set out a pathway to stay ahead of demand over the critical...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: 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 Councils' own resources supplemented by State road grants, where applicable.  In relation to the appraisal of possible measures to manage traffic in the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and exchequer funding in relation to the National Roads Programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), the maintenance, upgrading and improvement of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I  have responsibility for policy and overall funding for public transport, whereas it is the National Transport Authority (NTA) that has statutory responsibility for promoting the development of an integrated, accessible public transport network. As it would seem that the issue raised comes under the remit of the NTA, I have forwarded your question...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Taxi Licences (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) sector, including vehicle age limits for SPSVs, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013.  In this regard, the Deputy should be aware that the NTA has extended age limits several times since the start of the pandemic, with standard age limits for...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Network (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: 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 Councils' own resources supplemented by State road grants, where applicable.  My Department has committed to provide funding in the 2022 Regional and...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: As the Deputy is aware, the Strategic Rail Review, which is being undertaken in co-operation with the Department for Infrastructure (Northern Ireland), will inform the development of the railway sector on the Island of Ireland over the coming decades.  This will be one of the most significant reviews of the rail network on the island in many years providing a framework to develop a...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Greenways Provision (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and exchequer funding in relation to Greenways. The planning, design and construction of individual Greenways is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned, it will be vital that any proposed Greenway have the support of the relevant Local Authority as...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The Cork Light Rail project is actually at an earlier stage of development than Preliminary Business Case stage as referred to by the Deputy. As previously informed, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has submitted the Strategic Assessment Report for Cork Light Rail to my Department, as required under the Public Spending Code.  This is known as Decision Gate 0 under...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Greenways Provision (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister, I have responsibility for the policy and overall funding in relation to Active Travel. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has responsibility for the allocation of funding to specific projects and oversight of their development, in cooperation with relevant local authorities. The NTA is also responsible for the development of urban Greenways, allocating the funding provided by...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Facilities (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to cycling and public transport infrastructure.  The management of the public bike schemes is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA), which works closely with the relevant local authorities. Noting the NTA's role in the matter, I have referred your...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Facilities (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister, I have responsibility for the policy and overall funding in relation to Active Travel. The National Transport Authority (NTA), meanwhile, has responsibility for the allocation of funding to specific projects and oversight of their development, in cooperation with the relevant local authorities. Noting their responsibility in this area, I have forwarded your question to the NTA...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Facilities (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister, I have responsibility for the policy and overall funding in relation to Active Travel. The National Transport Authority (NTA), meanwhile, has responsibility for the allocation of funding to specific projects and oversight of their development, in cooperation with the relevant local authorities. Noting their responsibility in this area, I have forwarded your question to the NTA...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Facilities (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister, I have responsibility for the policy and overall funding in relation to Active Travel and Greenways. The National Transport Authority (NTA), meanwhile, has responsibility for the allocation of funding to specific projects and oversight of their development, in cooperation with the relevant local authorities. TII have responsibility for the allocation of funding to Greenway...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Tolls (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 236 to 239, inclusive, together. As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the operation and management of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Sector Staff (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The issue raised is a matter for the agencies under the aegis of my Department.  I have referred the Deputy's question to the Commercial agencies under the aegis of my Department for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Safety (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 241 and 242 together. The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from Councils' own resources supplemented by State road grants.  Transport Infrastructure Ireland has been tasked...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Facilities (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public and sustainable transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) is responsible for the development and implementation of public transport and active travel infrastructure, allocating the funding provided by my Department at project level and...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: Whilst as Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport, it is the National Transport Authority (NTA) that has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally.   In this role, the NTA has launched the Connecting Ireland Plan which looks to expand the...

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