Dáil Éireann - Volume 632 - 21 February, 2007

Written Answers. - Road Network.

Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Transport the progress in providing barrier free tolling on the M50; and when he expects same to be operational. [6568/07]

Mr. Noonan asked the Minister for Transport the location of the new barrier free tolling gantry on the M50; if it will be a single tolling location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6603/07]

Mr. Rabbitte asked the Minister for Transport the discussions his Department have had with the NRA and Dublin local authorities in relation to the plans for revised tolling points on the M50. [6558/07]

Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Transport the precise location on the M50 where the barrier free tolling gantry will be located; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6929/07]

  Mr. Cullen: I propose to take Questions Nos. 139, 152, 153 and 270 together.

As Deputies are aware, issues relating to tolls on national roads are in the first instance a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) in accordance with Part V of the Roads Act 1993 (as amended by the Planning and Development Act 2000).

As Deputies will be aware, in January of last year, the NRA decided to replace the West-Link toll on the M50 by a single-point barrier free toll on the same stretch of motorway in 2008. The installation of barrier free tolling is a crucial element of the M50 upgrade which is underway at present. In that context, following a tender competition, the NRA have recently entered into a contract for the provision of single point barrier free tolling arrangements with the objective of having such arrangements operational on the M50 by mid 2008.

[243] Question No. 140 answered with Question No. 123.