Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (712, 713)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

833 Mr. O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport the progress on the proposal to reopen Dunleer railway station. [2270/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

Iarnród Éireann has informed me that it has examined the case for reopening Dunleer Station on a number of occasions in the past. A review of the Dublin suburban rail strategy, conducted on behalf of the company, concluded that the station would have only very modest daily boardings given the population of the area. I understand that, since the review was conducted, a new development plan has been approved for Dunleer which involves significant population growth. While I understand that Iarnród Éireann has not yet seen the revised development plan, the company has indicated that it is prepared to re- examine its position regarding the reopening of the station if the plan is adopted and funding can be provided from developers.

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

834 Mr. O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport the progress on the proposal to build a new railway station on the north side of Drogheda. [2271/04]

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Iarnród Éireann informs me that it had some representations regarding a second station at Drogheda on the north side of the town. The company has some concerns about the close proximity of the two stations but, in any event, a new station would have to be supported by high density development within its immediate area.