Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (615)

David Cullinane

Question:

615. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on moving the existing train station in Waterford to the North Quays; if the move will be supported as part of the redevelopment of the quays; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29228/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I am aware the Waterford North Quays SDZ was approved in 2018 and that Project Ireland 2040 recognises that redevelopment of the North Quays is a key growth enabler for this important city.

The Waterford North Quays SDZ seeks to support the sustainable growth of the city and build a city of scale in line with the objectives of Project Ireland 2040 which envisages the city's population expanding to approximately 85,000 by 2040. The approved SDZ comprises different elements and is designed to fully harness the city's riverfront potential as a focus for the development of a new urban area. As part of the redevelopment and regeneration of the area, there is a proposal to relocate the train station from its current location to the North Quays SDZ site.

In order to support National Strategic Obejctive 1: Compact Growth, Government established an Urban Regeneration and Development Fund which is designed to support the the co-development of Project Ireland 2040's recognised key growth enablers for the cities.  Administration of the Fund is a matter for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.