Written answers

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Projects

Photo of Imelda MunsterImelda Munster (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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76. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to deliver the port access northern cross route; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62107/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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Louth County Council is the statutory planning and road authority for its area of responsibility. It is, therefore, a matter for Louth County Council to consider options regarding the development of the proposed Drogheda Northern Cross Route (PANCR) scheme.

My Department met with the Council earlier this year to outline the Public Spending Code project appraisal requirements for any proposed transport scheme, including the need for the preparation of a Strategic Assessment Report.

While no funding application has been submitted to the Department in relation to the Drogheda Northern Cross Route project, officials from my Department are available to engage further with Louth County Council if the Council wishes to do so as part of its consideration of options for sharing the cost of the proposed road.

I should, however, note that the primary focus for capital investment under the regional and local road grant programme in the period to 2025 will be the maintenance and renewal of the regional and local road network, targeted safety/minor schemes together with the implementation of a number of the larger strategic regional and local road projects which were included in the original NDP and which are now at or near construction.


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