Thursday, 12 February 2004

Questions (166, 167)

Mary Upton

Question:

166 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Transport if he will consult the Railway Procurement Agency on the need to redesign one part of the works associated with the Luas project as it is causing widespread local concern (details supplied). [4491/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

The RPA is responsible for the management of the Luas project. I contacted it about the design of the Rialto bridge and I was informed that the bridge was upgraded to resist the impact of road traffic with a view to preventing vehicles ending up on the alignment below. It prepared five alternative designs for consideration by Dublin City Council and the railway inspection officer before the current design was agreed and constructed.

Mary Upton

Question:

167 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Transport if he will report on the proposed fare structure on the Luas; and his views on a competitive pricing structure necessary to reward passengers for using public transport. [4492/04]

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Over the coming month the RPA will make by-laws under section 66 of the Transport (Railway Infrastructure) Act 2001 fixing,inter alia, fares for travelling on the Luas project. Account will be taken of the following criteria: revenue should at least cover operating costs; fares should be reasonable and competitive relative to other modes; patronage should be maximised and a modal shift to public transport be promoted; and fares should be consistent with concurrent passenger services on adjacent and nearby public transport.