To ask the Minister for Transport if, in view of the fact that the outer orbital route from north Dublin/south Meath to the M7 is not part of Transport 21, additional funding will be put in place to advance the project; and if this orbital route be extended from the M7 to the south as far as the N11 in north Wexford/south Wicklow.
- Michael D'Arcy.
For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 14th November, 2007.
Ref No: 28807/07
Answered by the Minister for Transport (Noel Dempsey TD)
As Minister for Transport I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme element of Transport 21.The implementation of individual national road projects is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Act, 1993 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.
Both Transport 21 and the National Development Plan committed the NRA to carrying out a feasibility study on the Leinster Orbital Route. Neither Transport 21 nor the National Development Plan provide any funding for this proposed route.
Earlier this year, the NRA completed an updated feasibility study which built on an earlier 2001 study, looking in particular at the costs and benefits of such a route. The study is currently under detailed consideration within my Department.
The route envisioned by the study does not extend to the N11.