Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (36)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

36. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Transport if he will allocate the funds required for a feasibility study on the Navan to Kingscourt rail line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25673/20]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As indicated in my reply to the Deputy's similar question yesterday, I am informed that Iarnród Éireann (IÉ) has no current plans to reopen this line, nor to undertake a feasibility study at this time. I am also informed that a potential re-opening of the line does not feature in the relevant Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies.

The issue of a potential extension of the existing Dunboyne/M3 Parkway line to Navan was considered by the National Transport Authority (NTA) during its development of the statutory Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016 to 2035. This issue remains under review and will be specifically considered again as part of the statutory review of the current Strategy . I have recently been informed that work on the review has commenced, will be subject to public consultation next year and will be fully concluded during the next 18 months.