Thursday, 4 March 2021
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
27. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if further progress has been made in respect of the Meath County Council draft appraisal for the proposed Julianstown bypass; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12375/21]
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 Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants, where applicable. In this context, the consideration of transport options is a matter for the relevant local authority.
As previously indicated in relation to the appraisal of possible measures to manage traffic in the vicinity of Julianstown, the Department understands that Meath County Council intends to carry out an origin and destination information gathering exercise to obtain a clear indication of the traffic movements and patterns in and around Julianstown with a view to informing a wider transport study for the Drogheda and East Meath area.
I understand from Departmental contact with Meath County Council that the collection of origin and destination data has not yet commenced due to Covid-19 restrictions.