For Written Answer on : 30/11/2023
Question Number(s): 279 Question Reference(s): 52665/23
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Transport if he has given permission to Transport Infrastructure Ireland to proceed with the Mallow relief road project, with the upgrade of the N25 national road between Carrigtwohill and Midleton, County Cork and with the bypassing of Castlemartyr along the N25 route; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and exchequer funding in relation to the National Roads Programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. This is also subject to the Public Spending Code and the necessary statutory approvals. In this context, TII is best placed to advise you on the status of these projects.
I can confirm that in 2023, €100,000 has been allocated for the Mallow Relief Road and €800,000 has been allocated for the Midleton to Youghal scheme which bypasses Castlemartyr. As with all national roads projects in the NDP, the delivery programme for these projects will be kept under review for 2024 and considered in terms of the overall funding envelope available to TII. The allocations for national roads for 2024 are expected to be announced by the end of this year.
Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.