Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Road Toll Operators
1054. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the subsidies paid to the operators of tolled roads or tunnels as part of the so-called traffic guaranteed clause for each specific road or tunnel in each of the years 2014 to 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6744/20]
1055. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the reduction in traffic levels due to Covid-19 will affect the traffic guarantee clauses included in contracts with operators of toll roads and tunnels; if the State will be liable to pay subsidies to replace the expected traffic during this time; the estimated cost of this for each toll road or tunnel in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6745/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 1054 and 1055 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. 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.