Dáil Éireann - Volume 599 - 24 March, 2005

Written Answers. - Road Network.

  16. Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Transport the details of the proposed new outer ring road for Dublin; the efforts which will be made to ensure that such a ring road does not contribute to further urban sprawl; the timetable for the research, planning and construction of this road; the estimated cost; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9690/05]

  Mr. Cullen: The planning, design and implementation of national road improvement projects is a matter for the National Roads Authority, NRA, and the local authorities concerned. As consideration of the proposal for a Dublin outer orbital route is at an early stage the information requested by the Deputy is not available. I understand from the NRA that it is to carry out further studies on the proposal taking account, inter alia, of the national spatial strategy, the regional planning guidelines and the planning and traffic implications of such a route for the greater Dublin region and neighbouring regions.