Thursday, 19 January 2023
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
188. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which it might be possible to improve safety factors on the M50 and M4 given the level of traffic congestion on these routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2578/23]
189. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the degree to which safety factors continue to be a feature of major roads such as M9, M7, M1 and the main route to Derry and the north west; the extent to which the plans are in place to address such issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2579/23]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 and 189 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. This includes the provision of a safe national road network. 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.