Thursday, 28 March 2019

Questions (171)

Barry Cowen

Question:

171. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of converting the public rail network fully to electricity in terms of the cost of the trains and the infrastructure required, respectively; the estimated cost of converting the entire State-owned bus fleet, that is, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus to fully electric by the cost of the buses and the infrastructure cost, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14684/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

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 and bus 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.