Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1605)

Paul Murphy


1605. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a feasibility study will be considered on the extension on the MetroLink project to Templeogue, Knocklyon, Firhouse and Ballycullen in view of traffic congestion in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36108/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

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.

In 2016 the NTA published its statutory Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016 to 2035 which sets out an ambitious programme of infrastructure improvements across active travel, bus, heavy rail, light rail and metro and implementation of the Strategy is underway supported by the significantly enhanced funding made available by Project Ireland 2040. There is a statutory requirement to review the Strategy every six years and I understand the NTA will commence that review next year.

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