To ask the Minister for Transport the extent to which he expects the Port Tunnel to cater for all vehicle types; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Bernard J. Durkan.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 2nd March, 2004.
Ref No: 7048/04
Answered by the Minister for Transport
(Mr. Séamus Brennan)
The Dublin Port Tunnel (DPT), as a motorway, will, subject to compliance with the height requirements of the tunnel as constructed, cater for all vehicles entitled to use a motorway as set out in Article 7 of the Roads Regulations, 1994 (S.I. No. 119 of 1994). The position in relation to the use of the DPT by HGVs greater than 4.65m in height is that I am currently reviewing the height of the Port Tunnel based on information contained in a report prepared by W.S. Atkins for my Department. Atkins were requested to review a range of options for increasing the operational height of the tunnel, their feasibility, having regard to the state of implementation of the current design and build contract and the likely additional costs and impact on the project completion date. I am currently reviewing the findings of the report and have sought further information from the NRA pertaining to its conclusions. It should be noted however that the Dublin Port Tunnel, which was designed having regard to best international practice in terms of tunnel heights, will cater for almost 99% of truck traffic entering and leaving the Port.