Thursday, 3 October 2019

Questions (303)

Seán Crowe


303. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a feasibility study on extending the proposed MetroLink to Firhouse, Dublin 24, will be authorised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40280/19]

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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.

As the Deputy may be aware, there is a statutory Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035 as prepared by the National Transport Authority. It sets out the strategic transport priorities for the period in the Greater Dublin Area and provides for a wide range of improvements across all modes of public transport and active travel. Importantly it is also a statutory requirement that relevant land-use strategies in the area are consistent with the Transport Strategy.  

In relation to metro, there is no provision in the Transport Strategy for a metro service to Firhouse, Dublin 24; however, the Strategy is required to be reviewed every 6 years and new projects can be considered as part of that review of the Strategy. I am informed that the NTA will commence this review during 2020.