Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (649)

John Curran

Question:

649. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to identify a bus park and ride facility on the N7 near Rathcoole, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9938/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

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 provision of new park and ride facilities.

The recently announced National Development Plan provides investment to progress the BusConnects programme to address growing congestion in the Dublin region in the short to medium term, including the provision of bus based Park and Ride facilities. BusConnects was launched last summer by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and work is ongoing on the redesign of the bus services network and also on infrastructure proposals for Core Bus Corridors which will be an integral part of the programme. When this work is completed the proposals will be launched for public consultation in the first half of this year. The results of the public consultation will inform the final decisions to be made on the network redesign, Core Bus Corridors and park and ride facilities.

The National Development Plan 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 a bus park and ride specifically on the N7.

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