Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (450)

Pat Casey


450. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to upgrade and increase the train service in Arklow and Wicklow in view of the severe overcrowding being experienced by commuters; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38514/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The increased demand across the rail network is a sign of continued economic growth and is very welcome but it does bring challenges and there are pressures on the network in terms of matching current demand with available capacity, particularly in the Greater Dublin Area. Currently, with the existing rail fleet fully deployed at peak times, the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Irish Rail are examining options in the short, medium and longer term for additional train capacity to meet the increased commuter services demand across the network.

I have forwarded the Deputy's specific question in relation to train service in Arklow and Wicklow to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A