Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (623, 624, 625, 626, 627)

Robert Troy

Question:

623. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the details of the Project Ireland 2040 plan regarding the provision of a Luas line to Finglas and associated issues. [9594/18]

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Robert Troy

Question:

624. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the capital plan funds the construction of the Luas line to Finglas; if not, if it only funds the design of this project; and the timeframe for completion of the project. [9595/18]

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Robert Troy

Question:

625. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the Luas to Finglas has been prioritised above the other post 2027 Luas projects; and if it will be the first line constructed. [9596/18]

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Robert Troy

Question:

626. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the timeframe for completion of the Luas line to Finglas; and if the line will be operational by 2029. [9597/18]

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Robert Troy

Question:

627. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if there will be park and ride facilities provided at the new Finglas Luas station; and his plans to construct park and ride facilities at Broombridge. [9598/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 623 to 627, inclusive, together.

As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority, NTA, has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the greater Dublin area, GDA, including the light rail network.

The NTA's transport strategy for the GDA 2016-2035 includes a number of proposals to further develop the light rail network including the extension of the Luas green line to Finglas.

Building on the success of Government’s continued investment in building capacity and expanding the Luas network, the national development plan, NDP, will provide funding to undertake appraisal, planning and design of Luas network expansion to Finglas and also Bray, Lucan and Poolbeg. This is to ensure that we will be ready to expand Luas to where and when it is needed in line with sustained development in these areas.

In relation to the provision of new park and ride facilities, the NDP also provides investment for a park-and-ride programme of strategic park and ride sites and investment in parking facilities at rail, Luas and bus locations.

Given the NTA’s responsibility in the matter I have referred the Deputy’s question to the NTA for an update on the issue of park and ride specifically at Broombridge station.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A.