Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Questions (38, 39, 40)

Brian Hayes

Question:

123 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Transport if he is still of the opinion that a railway order will be made by 2009 for the proposed rail interconnector in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3471/08]

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Sean Sherlock

Question:

139 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Transport the reason he has abandoned proposals to fast track the development of the Dublin rail interconnector; if this decision was due to financial constraints or other planning considerations; the progress he expects to be made on the interconnector in 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3409/08]

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Mary Upton

Question:

347 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Transport when he expects an announcement to be made on the proposed timeline of construction for the rail interconnector; the anticipated timeline for construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3314/08]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 123, 139 and 347 together.

Transport 21 provides for the construction of the Interconnector tunnel by 2015. The project is proceeding and the detailed planning and design of the project is being undertaken by Iarnród Éireann. The Company expects to submit an application for a Railway Order to An Bord Pleanála in early 2009. The acceleration of the project will be considered in this context.