Thursday, 16 December 2021
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
222. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the degree to which his Department has studied the existence of particular traffic pinch points on the M4/N4 as evidenced from regular morning traffic reports from RTÉ; the extent to which he and his Department can address such issues in the short term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62753/21]
223. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the degree to which he and his Department have studied the increasing number of motor accidents at morning peak times on the M4/N4 north County Kildare routes; if the frequency of such incidents is as a result of a particular issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62754/21]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 222 and 223 together.
As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and exchequer funding in relation to the National Roads Programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), the operation and management of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.This is also subject to the Public Spending Code and the necessary statutory approvals. In this context, TII is best placed to advise you.
Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.