Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (114)

Billy Timmins

Question:

189 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Transport his plans for the development of the Phoenix Park tunnel; if he has had discussions with Iarnród Éireann on the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6738/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

Consistent with the Dublin Transportation Office's "Platform for Change", Iarnród Éireann recently completed a study on the feasibility of providing an interconnector tunnel from Heuston Station to the docklands. At my request this study also examined the question of increased use of the Phoenix Park tunnel for passenger services between Connolly and Heuston stations. The completed study has been submitted to my Department and discussions have taken place, with Iarnród Éireann in particular, on to the timescale for the commencement of work on the project.

The company is looking at the potential of the Phoenix Park tunnel when the second phase of the DART upgrade programme is completed in 2007 and extra rail paths into Connolly Station become available.

Question No. 190 answered with QuestionNo. 118.