Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (101, 646)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

101. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when a feasibility study will be carried out on the reopening of the Navan to Dublin rail line. [29561/19]

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Peadar Tóibín

Question:

646. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when a feasibility study on the reopening of the Navan to Dublin rail line will be carried out. [29693/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 101 and 646 together.

The Deputy is aware that public transport infrastructure planning within the Greater Dublin Area has a statutory basis as set out in the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 (as amended). This Act requires the NTA to prepare a transport strategy for the Greater Dublin Area which sets out the proposed infrastructure development for a period of up to twenty years and it is also a statutory requirement that relevant land-use strategies in the Greater Dublin Area are consistent with the approved transport strategy.

 The current Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area was approved in 2016 and sets out the current infrastructure proposals up until 2035. The Act requires the NTA to review the Strategy every six years and I understand that such a review will commence in the latter half of next year and the issue of the Navan rail line will be specifically considered by the NTA as part of the statutory review of the current Strategy.