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The criteria used to designate roads as national routes
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25  October  2005

Dáil Question

No: 418

To ask the Minister for Transport the criteria he uses to designate roads as national routes; and the role of the National Roads Authority, local authorities, the Dublin Transportation Office in the designation or change of designation of such routes in the greater Dublin area.

- Ciarán Cuffe.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 25th October, 2005.

Ref No:   30448/05

Answered by Minister for Transport (Martin Cullen)


A comprehensive review of the classification of national and regional road system was concluded in 1994 as set out in Statutory Instrument (S.I.) 209 of 1994: Roads Act, 1993 (Declaration of National Roads) Order, 1994 and S.I. 400 of 1994: Roads Act, 1993 (Declaration of Regional Roads) Order, 1994.    This classification was carried out based on criteria relating to, inter alia, type of route (e.g. whether long distance through routes), whether route provides connections between principal cities and towns, and access to the key commercial seaports and State airports, extent of HGV traffic, route continuity etc.

An update of the 1994 Statutory Instruments is currently underway in my Department to update the classification to take account of new roads built since 1994.

The National Roads Authority (NRA) and the Local Authorities were consulted in relation to the classification as set out in the 1994 S.I.s and in relation to the update currently underway.