Thursday, 13 June 2019

Questions (187, 188)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

187. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the proposed new passenger rolling stock for Irish Rail will have space for the carriage of a minimum of eight bicycles as recommended by the European Parliament (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24768/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

188. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the electrification of the rail line from Dublin to Maynooth; if the rolling stock that will run on the line will make full provision for persons with assisted mobility requirements; if the rolling stock will be enabled with bicycle, pram and buggy storage room; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24769/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 187 and 188 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 statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, including the implementation of the overall DART Expansion programme which includes Maynooth line enhancements and the procurement of additional rail fleet.

Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter raised, I have referred the Deputies questions to the NTA for a direct reply.  Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.