Thursday, 17 December 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
160. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport if he will report on the capital provision for public transport investment in budget 2010; the Transport 21 infrastructure projects that have no funding allocation for 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48000/09]
In keeping with the commitment in the Renewed Programme for Government, priority is being given to the delivery of Metro North and the DART Underground Programme and the required funding will be provided to advance these projects in 2010. In addition, planning and design work will continue on all other Transport 21 public transport projects with a view to the earliest possible delivery as financial resources become available. Funding is also being provided for a number of important public transport programmes, including railway safety, accessibility, integrated ticketing, traffic management/bus priority and Real Time Passenger Information.
In addition, the M3, Clonee to North of Kells, scheme will complete in 2010 as will the M50 Upgrade. Construction will continue on the N18 Gort to Crusheen, an important element of the Atlantic Road Corridor, and on the N21 Castleisland Bypass. The National Roads Authority are also preparing a number of new projects for delivery by public private partnership, principally on the Atlantic Road Corridor and the N11 route. These will move through procurement during 2010 and some will commence construction in early 2011.
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