Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (441)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire


441. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the forthcoming Cork metropolitan transport study; and when it will be published. [40718/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As stated in the National Development Plan (NDP), the relevant local authorities, in partnership with both the National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland, are currently finalising a Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy.

The Strategy will include proposals for a revised bus system for Cork and enhancements to the commuter rail service in Cork including additional stations and rail fleet. As referenced in the NDP, the Strategy will also provide for the evaluation of the potential of a Bus Rapid Transit or Light Rail corridor to serve the increased population growth out to 2040 as envisaged by the National Planning Framework.

The Strategy will be subject to public consultation prior to finalisation.

I am advised by the NTA that a draft Strategy is expected to be issued for consultation by the end of this year. Given the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the Authority for a more detailed reply on the current status of the Plan. Please inform my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

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