Tuesday, 15 February 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
116. Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for Transport the proposals which are being developed to create national road infrastructure (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4750/05]
Minister for Transport (Mr. Cullen): The national roads development programme being implemented by the NRA and local authorities is in line with the principles, and with the transport infrastructure priorities, identified in the national spatial strategy. A key priority of the national roads programme at present is the upgrading of the national primary road network serving the national gateways. Major road projects have been completed, are under way or are well advanced in planning on routes serving these centres including, for example, a number of major projects in the Limerick-Shannon area, Dundalk western bypass and Sligo inner relief road.
Major road improvement projects are also underway or planned on routes serving many of the towns identified as development hubs in the national spatial strategy, including, for example, Ennis bypass, the N26 between Ballina and Castlebar, Kilkenny ring road extension, Tullamore bypass, Monaghan bypass and Cavan bypass. Work on the Kilkenny ring road extension and Monaghan bypass is due to commence this year.
As the roads programme is implemented and rolled forward, other road infrastructure priorities identified in the national spatial strategy, which is a 20 year planning framework, will be addressed.
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