Written answers

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Projects

Photo of Darren O'RourkeDarren O'Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein)
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63. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update on Project Bruce and plans to provide a sustainable funding stream for roads maintenance and repair as Ireland moves towards low- and zero-emissions vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2414/23]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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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 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.

Project BRUCE will examine if a case exists to develop and apply next generation road user charging to reduce reliance on Exchequer funding while enabling government to deliver on climate targets while supporting economic growth. This is in a context where existing PPP contracts will expire in the coming decades and the network will return to public ownership. Work on Project BRUCE is at a very early stage.

Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for a direct reply updating you on Project BRUCE. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.


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