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) is responsible for the collection and publication of statistics relating to public transport including passenger numbers. The NTA also has statutory responsibility for the regulation of fares in relation to public passenger transport services. I have not received briefings in relation to these specific matters relating to the Mallow to Cork rail line in the past 12 months.
I have, therefore, referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.