Written Answers. - Dublin-Rosslare Railway Line.

John Browne

Question:

45 Mr. Browne (Wexford) asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications the plans, if any, he has for upgrading the Dublin to Rosslare railway line. [8353/95]

Under the National Development Plan covering the period 1994-99, total investment in the mainline rail network will amount to approximately £275 million. This investment is comprised of an EU assisted investment programme of £185 million and a further £90 million of uncofinanced investment from CIE's own resources.

The investment which will be effected under the Operational Programme for Transport will be focused on track renewal, £123 million, modern signalling systems, £27 million and rolling stock £125 million. All major lines on the inner-urban mainline railway network, including the Dublin-Rosslare line are included in the proposed investment programme. Projects approved for investment under the programme will be undertaken within the period 1994-99.

It is too early to give details of precise levels of investment on particular lines or the mix of EU and CIE resources that will be devoted to particular lines. This will depend on the outcome of detailed consultations with the EU Commission in the coming months.