Written answers

Thursday, 4 July 2024

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Projects

Photo of Pádraig O'SullivanPádraig O'Sullivan (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail)
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52. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport for an update on the progression of the Cork city northern distributor road; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28279/24]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The proposal for the Northern Distributor Road was established in the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy. It is intended that the Northern Distributor Road will include both traffic and bus lanes as well as cycling and pedestrian facilities.

In December of 2023, the National Transport Authority (NTA) approved a Strategic Assessment Report (SAR) for the project. The approval of the SAR authorised Cork City Council to proceed with the next stage of the project, namely the route selection stage.

Cork City Council are currently working on undertaking a comprehensive route assessment process and identifying an Emerging Preferred Route which would be brought to public consultation. I understand that this route options report is progressing well and that a public consultation on the emerging preferred option could take place later this year.

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The NTA has responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in our cities, the Cork Northern Distributor Multi-Modal Route.

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.

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