Written answers

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Network

Photo of Brian LeddinBrian Leddin (Limerick City, Green Party)
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17. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide a list of guidance documents that should be taken into account in the design of urban roads and streets in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22393/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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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 the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the Council.

Several publications are available to local authorities to assist them in the design of urban roads and streets and in the promotion of a safer interaction between road users.  The Department's Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets (DMURS), the National Cycle Manual, Guidelines for Setting and Managing Speed Limits in Ireland and the Traffic Management Guidelines (TMG) all set out a range of criteria which impact on the design of urban roads and streets.  The urban area should be designed by the local authority for a balanced approach to ensure safe interaction between different types of road users and to encourage active travel. 


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