I propose to take Questions Nos. 172 and 174 together.
As the Deputy is aware, the National Development Plan 2018-2027 provides an indicative allocation of €8.6 billion over the period 2018 to 2027 towards the delivery of National Strategic Outcome 4 – Sustainable Mobility, of which the following is allocated toward specific programmes:
- BusConnects - €2.4 billion
- MetroLink - €3 billion
- DART Expansion - €2 billion.
In tandem with the NDP commitments, the Climate Action Plan 2019 includes a range of actions in relation to public transport and active travel. These actions will be implemented in line with the commitments given within the Plan. The commitments in the NDP and the Climate Action Plan will deliver additional public and sustainable transport capacity over the short, medium and longer-term.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area and, on a non-statutory basis, has responsibility for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure in the regional cities of Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.
Noting the NTA’s responsibilities for implementation of public and sustainable transport infrastructure, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Authority for reply in relation to the specific questions on the planned investments under the NDP and Climate Action Plan. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.