Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Questions (149)

John Deasy


149. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department or Iarnród Éireann has previously contributed to the cost of relocating a rail terminus or line specifically to facilitate a public-private investment, such as that proposed for Plunkett Station, Waterford; and if his attention has been drawn to particular concerns Iarnród Eireann has regarding the North Quays application under the urban regeneration and development fund. [38965/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

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

The Waterford North Quays Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) was approved in 2018 and Project Ireland 2040 recognises that redevelopment of the North Quays is a key growth enabler for this important city.

As part of the SDZ masterplan I understand there are proposals to facilitate a potential transport hub and I further understand that the proposal forms part of the overall application made by Waterford City and County Council to the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund to improve the public realm of the North Quays and regenerate the area. Administration of that Fund is a matter for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

I am not aware of particular concerns as alluded to by the Deputy nor am I aware of any recent relocation of any of major rail termini in Ireland and therefore the issue of Departmental funding would not have arisen.