Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Questions (415)

Catherine Martin

Question:

415. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if funding will be provided to Waterways Ireland or another relevant body to upgrade the footpath and provide lighting between Broombridge station and the new developments at Pelletstown in view of the fact that commuters face a dangerous journey between the two locations at present and the current situation will limit the number of persons using the new Luas service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50756/17]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, plans have been developed for a new train station at Pelletstown, approximately mid-way between Broombridge and Ashtown railway stations. As well as serving this area with a new train station, this facility also incorporates a pedestrian/cycle bridge over both the railway and the canal at this location. This will link with the canal towpath on the north side of the canal, allowing pedestrians to use the canal tow path to walk to Broombridge railway station/Luas stop, where there will be another pedestrian bridge spanning the canal and railway.

In relation to Pelletstown Station, planning permission is in place and work is currently on-going to complete a detailed design and prepare tender documents for the station's construction. This work is expected to be completed in the next two months and the National Transport Authority expect to be able to advise a firm timeline for the construction of this station very early next year.