Thursday, 28 November 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Road Toll Data
231. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of removing the toll charges at the M1 slip road south of Drogheda town, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49490/19]
232. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of removing the toll charges at the M1 slip road north of Drogheda town, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49491/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 231 and 232 together.
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 and management of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Therefore, matters relating to the day to day operations regarding national roads, including toll roads and the establishment of a system of tolls, are within the remit of TII. More specifically, the statutory power to levy tolls, to make toll bye-laws and to enter into agreements with private investors are vested in TII under Part V of the Roads Act 1993 (as amended).
Noting the above position, I have referred the question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.