Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (31, 32)

Richard Bruton

Question:

137 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Transport his plans to address the height of the Dublin Port tunnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2300/04]

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Ruairí Quinn

Question:

147 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Transport the position regarding his consideration of the draft Atkins report on the height of the Dublin Port tunnel which was received by his Department on 20 October 2003; if a final report has now been received; when it will be published and a decision made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2136/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 and 147 together.

My Department engaged Atkins to review the feasibility, safety implications and cost of raising the height of the Dublin Port tunnel. They were requested to review a range of options for increasing the operational height of the tunnel, their feasibility, having regard to the state of implementation of the current design and build contract and the likely additional costs and impact on the project completion date.

Given the extent of work completed to date, that is the first of the two bored tunnel tubes has been successfully completed and work is underway on the second and the potential high cost and substantial delays associated with redesign and reconstruction of work already completed, the consultants were asked to prepare their report within a short timeframe.

The final report was received from Atkins on 8 December 2003. I am currently reviewing the findings of the report and have sought further information from the NRA pertaining to its conclusions. No decision has been taken on publication of the report.

Question No. 138 answered with QuestionNo. 130.