To ask the Minister for Transport if he is in negotiations with bodies in relation to the M50 toll bridge.
- Emmet Stagg.
For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 8th November, 2006.
Ref No: 36879/06 Proof: 284
Answered by the Minister for Transport (Martin Cullen T.D.)
At the outset, I should explain that 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 is vested in the NRA under Part V of the Roads Act 1993 (as amended by the Planning and Development Act 2000).
As the Deputy is aware, the NRA is now in the process of procuring a barrier free toll system which will become operational with one tolling point in 2008. The installation of barrier free tolling is a crucial element of the M50 upgrade which is underway at present.
NTR will be compensated in accordance with the existing West-Link Agreement. The exact details of the arrangements, including compensation, remain to be finalised between NRA and NTR and as these discussions are ongoing at present, I would not wish to pre-empt their outcome.