Thursday, 19 January 2023
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
66. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update on the northern distributor road in Cork city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1968/23]
88. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to traffic concerns in Cork city due to a number of changes to road layout recently; and if he will engage with the local authorities to resolve these. [2356/23]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 66 and 88 together.
As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in our cities, including BusConnects Cork.
Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.
67. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the engagements his Department has had regarding the completion of all sections of the Coonagh, Knockalisheen Road; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2355/23]
The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from Councils' own resources supplemented by State road grants.
Limerick City and County Council is the contracting authority for the Coonagh to Knockalisheen Distributor Road project and my Department's Engineering Inspectorate liaises regularly with the Council regarding implementation of the scheme.
As the Deputy is aware, while construction of the Coonagh to Knockalisheen Distributor Road commenced in 2021, the contract was terminated as a result of the receivership of the main contractor. Pending a retender of the main construction contract, a contractor has been appointed to complete bridgeworks over the Galway-Ennis railway line and works are also underway to install a new watermain.
The Council has advised my officials that it is envisaged that the main construction contract will be retendered this year.