Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (83, 84, 85)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

83. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport the progress to date in the preparation of the DART to Maynooth and further afield to such locations as Kilcock and Enfield with a view to catering for the commuter belt across north County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26249/20]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

84. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport the progress to date in the enhancement and upgrading of commuter rail facilities from Sallins to Dublin with particular reference to need at peak times; the extent to which planning has advanced in this regard by way of increased frequency and capacity of commuter trains serving Newbridge, Sallins and Hazelhatch; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26250/20]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

85. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport if research has been carried out into the possibility of extending rail services throughout the commuter belt of north County Kildare to towns that do not have access to services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26251/20]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 83 to 85, inclusive, together.

As Minister for Transport, 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, including the DART+ programme (until recently referred to as the DART Expansion programme).

DART+ is a transformative programme of investment which will significantly increase capacity on all the rail corridors serving the Greater Dublin Area including the Kildare and Maynooth Lines as referred to by the Deputy, through investment in infrastructure and new fleet.

Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a more detailed reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.