Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1059, 1061, 1062, 1074, 1136, 1137)

Brendan Ryan

Question:

1059. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of tenders received by the National Transport Authority for the provision of pre-owned diesel multiple unit vehicles for passenger operation on the Irish Rail network through lease or purchase by the closing date for receipt of tenders of 26 February 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12710/19]

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Robert Troy

Question:

1061. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of additional rail carriages that have been purchased in each year since 2016; and the number of additional rail carriages that will be delivered in the next ten years. [12717/19]

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Robert Troy

Question:

1062. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the date by which additional rail carriages will be delivered for the DART and Intercity services, respectively. [12718/19]

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Frank O'Rourke

Question:

1074. Deputy Frank O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the purchase of new carriages to provide additional capacity on the Kildare rail line, Hazelhatch and Sallins to Dublin and the Maynooth rail line to Dublin; if consideration has been given to leasing rail carriages in the interim period to alleviate the overcrowding situation on these commuter rail lines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13022/19]

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Robert Troy

Question:

1136. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the process to acquire, either through lease, purchase or another arrangement, additional carriages for the DART fleet; the date by which contracts will be awarded for these acquisitions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14057/19]

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Robert Troy

Question:

1137. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the process to acquire, either through lease, purchase or another arrangement, additional carriages for the Irish Rail intercity and commuter services fleet; the date by which contracts will be awarded for these acquisitions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14058/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1059, 1061, 1062, 1074, 1136 and 1137 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 purchase of rail fleet.

In light of the NTA's responsibility on this matter, I have referred the Deputy's questions to the NTA for a detailed direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.