Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (620, 621, 622, 623, 624, 625, 626, 628, 629, 630, 643, 670, 671)

Robert Troy

Question:

620. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and other sources under the capital plan 2016-2021 to the metro north project; the amount spent to date; the expected completion date; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26120/19]

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Robert Troy

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621. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and other sources under the capital plan 2016-2021 to the DART underground project; the amount spent to date; the expected completion date; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26121/19]

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Robert Troy

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622. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and other sources under the capital plan 2016-2021 to the DART expansion programme; the amount spent to date; the expected completion date; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26122/19]

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Robert Troy

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623. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and other sources under the capital plan 2016-2021 to the Dublin city centre resignalling programme; the amount spent to date; the expected completion date; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26123/19]

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Robert Troy

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624. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and other sources under the capital plan 2016-2021 to the reopening of the Phoenix Park tunnel; the amount spent to date; the expected completion date; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26124/19]

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Robert Troy

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625. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and other sources under the capital plan 2016-2021 to the central traffic control centre for commuter and intercity rail; the amount spent to date; the expected completion date; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26125/19]

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Robert Troy

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626. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and other sources under the capital plan 2016-2021 to safety and efficiency maintenance of the rail network; the amount spent to date; the expected completion date; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26126/19]

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Robert Troy

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628. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the capital plan 2016-2021 to the acquisition of replacement buses; the amount spent; the number of buses acquired; the estimated expenditure on replacement buses over the life of the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26128/19]

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Robert Troy

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629. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and other sources under the capital plan 2016-2021 to upgrading quality bus corridors; the amount spent to date; the number of bus corridors upgraded; the estimated capital expenditure to be spent over the remaining life of the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26129/19]

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Robert Troy

Question:

630. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and other sources under the capital plan 2016-2021 to the Luas cross-city project; the amount spent to date; the expected completion date; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26130/19]

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Robert Troy

Question:

643. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation from the Exchequer and other sources under the Capital Plan 2016-2021 to the smarter travel policy; the amount spent to date; the expected completion date; the estimated capital cost to finishing the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26143/19]

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Pearse Doherty

Question:

670. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the capital funding provided through the National Development Plan 2018-2027 for upgrading or improvement of rail lines outside the greater Dublin area by region and year in which funding is expected to be used in tabular form. [26577/19]

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Pearse Doherty

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671. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the capital funding provided through the National Development Plan 2018-2027 for the electrification of rail lines outside the greater Dublin area by region and year in which funding is expected to be deployed in tabular form. [26578/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 620 to 626, inclusive, 628 to 630, inclusive, 643, 670 and 671 together.

As the Deputies are aware, the Capital Plan 2016-2021 has been superseded by Project Ireland 2040.

As the Deputies are also aware, Project Ireland 2040 provides indicative allocations over the next ten years for a range of public transport related projects and programmes including those referred to by the Deputies.

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 completion dates where applicable are published on the Project Ireland 2040 Tracker as published by the Department for Public Expenditure and Reform and available at the following link:

www.gov.ie/en/publication/6db7c4-investment-projects-and-programmes-tracker/.

With regard to DART Underground, 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.

In relation to the Luas Cross City and Phoenix Park Tunnel projects, it should be noted that both projects are completed since 2017 and are contributing to the provision of an enhanced public transport service for all users.

In terms of the potential electrification of the rail network outside the Greater Dublin Area, Project Ireland 2040 commits toward an evaluation of high-speed rail on the main inter-urban network against improvements to existing line speeds and that evaluation will be commenced next year.