Project Approval Guidelines 2020

Project Approval Guidelines (2020)


The National Transport Authority (NTA) is a statutory non-commercial body established by the Minister for Transport on 1st December 2009.
At a national level, the NTA has responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger land transport services. This includes the provision of subvented bus and rail services.
Refer to this NTA website for details of NTA key functions,
The agencies funded by the NTA to undertake transport related projects include local authorities, transport operators and State bodies

Purpose and Objectives of the Guidelines

The purpose of these Guidelines is to provide a framework for, and a phased approach to, the development, management and delivery of sustainable mobility projects of all types,for all capital values, and for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) projects, funded by the NTA.
Due to the significant funding commitment required, NTA Approval Points, called Gateways, occur at key Approval milestones throughout these Guidelines.
These Guidelines replace the previous ‘Project Management Guidelines for Projects Funded by the National Transport Authority (Up to €20 million in value)’ dated December 2011 and the ‘Guidelines for the Management of Public Transport Investment Projects Delivered by Conventional Procurement’ dated July 2010.

The primary objective of these Guidelines is to set out a consistent and transparent approach across projects undertaken by agencies in receipt of NTA funding and to provide the NTA with the degree of transparency and certainty that is appropriate for an Approving  Authority.***
( *** The NTA reserves the right to make changes to the requirements herein as deemed necessary to ensure this transparency and certainty is achieved.)
The Guidelines set out arrangements for project development, reporting and monitoring.****

( **** The NTA reserves the right to alter the requirements of the deliverables set out in these Guidelines.)
For the purposes of these Guidelines, the reference to ‘Capital Investment’ refers to any transport related project that is not predominantly an ICT project.