Written Answers. - Rail Services.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

304 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Transport if Iarnród Éireann has submitted final proposals for Dublin city centre capacity constraints as referred to in Parliamentary Question No. 311 of 10 April 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19507/03]

I am informed by Iarnród Éireann that they began placing into service this week the first batch of 76 new diesel railcars for operation within the greater Dublin area. All the railcars are expected to be in service by the end of the year. For Maynooth-Longford commuter services the capacity of trains in the peak hours will increase by about 26%. This follows a doubling of capacity on the line in 2001. Irish Rail are developing plans to expand the capacity of the signalling system in the city centre area but no proposals have yet been submitted to my Department.