Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan has stated that not every road project in the National Development Plan (NDP) will go ahead and will have to be assessed on their merits.
While arriving at a meeting of Cabinet in Cork, Ryan said that there would be a focus on by-pass routes and all options would be looked at.
The Green Party leader said that there was a lot of arguments and discussions in the lead-up to the publication of the plan but his party was 100% behind it.
The minister hasn’t put exact costs on MetroLink to allow for some “competitive tension” around prices.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin stated that there is a commitment to deliver the road projects in the NDP and that there is funding to back this.
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath said that the NDP will be announced later today and that it’s the largest public capital investment programme in the history of the state in relation to transport and housing.
The plan, which commits to €35 billion in spending on transport up to 2030, will be signed off at a meeting in UCC before being formally launched in Páirc Ui Chaoimh.
The plan is likely to include €12 billion for public transport, €6 billion on roads, €4 billion on walking and cycling infrastructure and €13 billion on maintenance.
Although there will be a commitment to major projects such as the MetroLink and DART + West, no completion dates have been issued for them.
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