Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (134)

Dan Boyle

Question:

131 Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Transport when it is envisaged that his Department will sanction the Cork suburban rail proposals. [2621/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

Irish Rail's medium term investment programme is currently a matter of discussion between my Department and the company. The development of services within the Cork area is part of these discussions. I expect to receive specific proposals from Irish Rail on the development of these services shortly.

The Deputy will, however, be aware that Irish Rail has already commenced the operation of a commuter rail system in the Cork area, since December last, with the provision of a commuter service between Mallow and Cork, upgraded services to Cobh and improved services between Tralee/Killarney and Cork.