Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Questions (311)

John Curran


311. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Kishogue train station will not be open and operational until the end of 2020; if he is satisfied with this progress; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28357/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA).

I very much welcome the integrated approach toward land-use planning and public transport provision as exemplified within the Clonburris Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) planning scheme.

The NTA, in collaboration with South Dublin County Council, developed the Transport Assessment and Transport Strategy which underpins the Planning Scheme for Clonburris SDZ, and a key public transport element of that strategy is of course the opening of Kishogue Railway Station.

The Deputy is aware that the planning scheme for the SDZ was only approved by An Bord Pleanála in May and that the Council is now preparing a consolidated planning scheme, incorporating the modifications made by the Board, and this consolidated planning scheme will be used by the planning authority in assessing future planning applications within the SDZ.

I have been advised by the NTA, as has the Deputy, that the NTA currently envisages the station opening at the end of 2020. As I have stated already, the planning and development of public transport infrastructure is a statutory function of the NTA.

The Deputy will be aware that improvements have already been introduced for existing residents in the wider Lucan South area through improved train services using the Adamstown station, which has park and ride facilities, and significantly increased services on both of the major bus routes in the area which were introduced in late March.