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National road tolling on the cards for Ireland

TOLL CHARGING to attract private funding plus measures to ease the planning process are expected to boost Ireland's infrastructure A series of amendments tabled for the Planning and Development Bill - currently in passage through parliament - will allow tolls to be imposed on new road projects by both the National Roads Authority and local authorities.

Decisions to adopt or revoke tolling from the Minister for the Environment and Local Government pass to the NRA and local authorities, but will still be subject to government policy directives.

The move should speed some £4bn of new projects proposed in Ireland's National Development plan. A least £1bn in private funding is expected.

The new amendments will also impose limits on planning appeals, restricting submissions to only the original applications.

New proposals will not be allowed while a first application is in appeal.

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