Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (41)

John Gormley

Question:

119 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for Transport the status of the strategic rail review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6818/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

The strategic rail review provides the Government with a policy framework for the future development of passenger and freight services in Ireland over a 20 year period in a manner consistent with the national spatial strategy.

The board of Iarnród Éireann has considered the findings of the strategic rail review and the company's prioritised investment programme up to 2008, based on the review, has been submitted to my Department for consideration in the context of the multi-annual envelope for capital expenditure in transport. Elements of the programme include: DART upgrade project; upgrade of the Kildare line; rolling stock acquisition programme for inter-city and suburban rail services; and safety investment.

Recent projects completed include increased capacity on Dublin outer suburban services and new commuter services on the Limerick to Ennis and the Mallow to Cobh routes.