Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (707)

Timmy Dooley


707. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the intended start date for construction of a rail stop at Crusheen on the Ennis to Galway line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31562/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

My Department's capital funding for rail infrastructure was reduced last year in order to support the emergency funding required for the CIE Group. As a result of the reduced capital funding Irish Rail have had to re-evaluate their planned capital programme to 2016 with the priority being to protect existing assets and to maintain safety standards. In the context of this, I have asked Irish Rail to revisit their current proposals for Crusheen rail stop which have a construction cost of in the order of €2 million and see if a lower cost alternative is feasible. It is my intention to provide for a rail stop at Crusheen.