Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Richard Bruton

Question:

239 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Transport if he has received a report on the progress to date of replacing the East Wall Road bridge, Dublin 3, which was intended to be completed by the end of September 2002; and the current forecast of the completion date. [15168/02]

The East Wall Road bridge replacement project commenced in February of this year. I understand from Iarnród Éireann that the first phase of the railway enabling work has been completed and the old west bridge deck removed. The new west deck has been fabricated and is available for lifting into position. Iarnród Éireann expect to do this by mid-August. The second phase of the works will then commence. This will involve further railway works to allow for the removal and replacement of the existing east bridge deck. The final phase of the project will involve the removal of the retaining wall along Stoney Road and Iarnród Éireann expects to complete this early in 2003.

Willie Penrose

Question:

240 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Transport if he will consider, as part of a drive to expand the use of the railway commuter services, having small stations which were previously utilised and were closed down, such as Killucan, Hill of Down, Castletown-Geoghegan, Streamstown and Horseleap reopened to accommodate many commuters who would avail of the service; his views on whether if such stations were reopened, that there would be significant environmental benefits, as it would mean less cars on the road; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15174/02]

The location of railway stations is a matter to be determined by Irish Rail and I have no function in the matter.