Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304)

Barry Cowen

Question:

298. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the breakdown of the €3 billion allocation for the development and construction of MetroLink; the current planning stage of the project; the estimated commencement date for construction; the estimated completion date of the entire project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12584/19]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

299. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of the light rail system from the city centre to Swords as part of the MetroLink project; the projected commencement date; the projected completion date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12585/19]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

300. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of the light rail system from the city centre to Sandyford as part of the MetroLink project; the projected commencement date; the projected completion date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12586/19]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

301. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of the proposed DART underground, as specified on page 55 of the National Development Plan 2018-2027; the status of the project; the projected commencement date for construction; the projected completion date of the entire project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12587/19]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

302. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of the proposed Luas green line extensions, as specified on page 55 of the National Development Plan 2018-2027; the status of the project; the projected commencement date for construction; the projected completion date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12588/19]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

303. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of the proposed Luas red line extensions, as specified on page 55 of the National Development Plan 2018-2027; the status of the project; the projected commencement date for construction; the projected completion date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12589/19]

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Barry Cowen

Question:

304. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of the proposed Luas line to Lucan, as specified on page 55 of the National Development Plan 2018-2027; the status of the project; the projected commencement date for construction; the projected completion date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12590/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 298 to 304, inclusive, together.

As the Deputy is aware, Project Ireland 2040 provides indicative allocations over the next ten years for a range of projects and programmes, including the development of MetroLink.

As noted in Project Ireland 2040 individual projects and programmes remain subject to compliance with the Public Spending Code, including its requirements in relation to appraisal and Sanctioning Authority approval points.

Details regarding indicative allocations, current status and expected construction commencement dates are published on the Project Ireland 2040 Tracker as published by the Department for Public Expenditure and Reform and available at the following link: https://www.per.gov.ie/en/investment-projects-and-programmes-tracker/ .

In relation to the various Luas projects referred to by the Deputy as featuring on pg. 55 of the National Development Plan, the Deputy will note that pg. 54 of the Plan states that funding provided under Project Ireland 2040 relates to appraisal, planning and design of the particular projects rather than construction and therefore the detail requested by the Deputy is not yet available.

With regard to DART Underground, the Plan makes clear that the DART Expansion Programme as proposed to be funded under Project Ireland 2040 does not include the Underground element but that instead the route for the Underground Tunnel will be established and protected to allow for its future delivery.