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2006
Upgrade of the M50
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2  November  2006

Dáil Question

No:  55+31

To ask the Minister for Transport the position regarding phase two and phase three of the upgrade of the M50; and the timescale proposed for these works.

- Jack Wall. (Nominated by: Róisín Shortall).

For ORAL answer on Thursday, 2nd November, 2006.

Ref No:   35786/06     Lottery:   55

Dáil Question

To ask the Minister for Transport the cost of each stage of the M50 upgrade; and the financing operations that are in place for said upgrade.

- Eamon Ryan.

For ORAL answer on Thursday, 2nd November, 2006.

Ref No:   35853/06     Lottery:   29

Answered by the Minister for Transport  (Martin Cullen TD)

 

REPLY

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 55 and 31 together.

At the outset, I should explain that overall responsibility for the planning, design and implementation of national road improvement projects, including the M50 upgrade, is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) and the local authorities concerned.  I have no function in relation to the day-to-day operation of these projects.

In addition, the statutory power to levy tolls on national roads, to make toll bye-laws and to enter into toll agreements with private investors in respect of national roads, including the M50, is vested in the National Roads Authority (NRA) under Part V of the Roads Act 1993 (as amended by the Planning and Development Act 2000). 

I understand that the upgrade work on the M50 is being undertaken in three phases.

Phase 1 comprises the widening of the carriageway between the N4 (Galway Road roundabout) and Ballymount interchanges and the upgrading of the N4, N7 and Ballymount interchanges.  This work is currently under way and is expected to be completed in mid-2008 at a projected cost of approximately €244m.  This phase is being funded by the Exchequer through the National Roads Programme.  

Phase 2 which is being administered as a Public Private Partnership project will comprise of the widening of the remainder of the M50 (other than the 3.2km West-Link section between the N3 and N4 junctions) and the upgrade of the other interchanges.  The contract for Phase 2 is to be awarded in 2007 and construction is expected to be completed in 2010.  The exact cost of this contract will be finalized following receipt of tenders for the project.

Phase 3 comprises the widening of the 3.2km West-Link section between the N3 and N4 junctions which is expected to be completed by mid 2008.   This phase is being funded by the Exchequer through the State's proceeds of the toll revenue from the West-Link Toll Facility and the expected final cost will be established following receipt of tenders for the project. 

The total projected cost of the M50 upgrade is approximately €1bn, of which about 75% (i.e. Phases 2 and 3) will be funded from the future stream of toll revenue. 

Separately the NRA are procuring the replacement of the current West Link toll plaza with barrier free tolling.  It is intended that this will be introduced during 2008 in tandem with the completion of phase 1 of the M50 upgrade.

I expect, therefore, that significant improvements in the situation on the M50 will take place in 2008.   Further improvement will take place on completion of the later phases of the upgrade in 2010.  In the meantime, traffic management in the area is being monitored on an ongoing basis with measures being taken where possible to alleviate traffic congestion resulting from the road works.