Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (610)

Michael McGrath

Question:

610. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps taken in line with the national development plan 2018-2027 in support of high-speed rail link between Cork and Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53120/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy noted, the National Development Plan as part of Project Ireland 2040 commits toward an evaluation of the economic benefits and value for money of high-speed rail on the main inter-urban rail network (including the line referred to by the Deputy) against improvements to existing and planned line speeds along the lines.

I can confirm to the Deputy that, in line with that commitment, my Department has commenced preparatory work in relation to the evaluation with the study due to commence in 2020.