Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1092, 1097, 1099, 1100)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

1092. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to establish a wheelchair accessible bus route between County Donegal and Sligo IT for students living in County Donegal taking up courses in Sligo; if students can block book accessible buses for each semester instead of having to book each journey 24 hours in advance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13351/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

1097. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason the Bus Éireann expressway route 100X is not designated wheelchair accessible despite having wheelchair accessibility at all stops on the route and the buses driving the route have wheelchair accessibility; and his plans to designate the route as wheelchair accessible. [13447/19]

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Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

1099. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of Bus Éireann coaches operating on Expressway and regional services that have wheelchair accessibility, the number of services that currently have no wheelchair accessibility; his plans to rectify same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13476/19]

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Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

1100. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if provisions will be made to ensure that all bus stops are made wheelchair accessible in view of the fact a number of Bus Éireann routes do not have accessible bus stops meaning many persons with a disability have no access to public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13477/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1092, 1097, 1099 and 1100 together.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. However, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport.

Under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for promoting the development of an integrated, accessible public transport network.

In light of the NTA's responsibilities in this matter, I have forwarded the Deputies questions to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.