Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Questions (216, 217, 219, 220, 221)

John Lahart

Question:

216. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the next BusConnects public consultation will commence; and the timeframe for the NTA to deal with the first phase of consultation. [41435/18]

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John Lahart

Question:

217. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the spend for Bus Rapid Transit; and the outcome of same. [41436/18]

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John Lahart

Question:

219. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a consultant (details supplied) was the sole consultant considered for the BusConnects design project. [41438/18]

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John Lahart

Question:

220. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the tender process in advance of the appointment of a person (details supplied) as a consultant on the BusConnects project. [41439/18]

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John Lahart

Question:

221. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the role of Dublin Bus in terms of the design of the proposed BusConnects changes to bus services in Dublin city. [41440/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 216, 217 and 219 to 221, inclusive, together.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has responsibility for ensuring the development and delivery of public transport infrastructure, including the BusConnects programme.

In light of the NTA's statutory responsibility in this area, I have referred the Deputy's question to theNTA for a more detailed reply on the various issues raised. Please advise 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