Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Questions (260, 261)

John Lahart

Question:

260. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Transport if he will allow stakeholders such as local representative groups to have an input into both the terms of reference and the liaison with the appointed consultants in relation to the feasibility study for extending the MetroLink to south-west County Dublin in keeping with the Aarhus Convention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13423/21]

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John Lahart

Question:

261. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Transport if the feasibility study on extending the MetroLink to south-west County Dublin will focus on a continuation of the link from Beechwood to Knocklyon as opposed to a standalone metro line on the Knocklyon corridor as is proposed in the terms of reference; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13424/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 260 and 261 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 MetroLink.

The Deputy is aware that the study refers to forms part of the statutory review of the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area . An initial public consultation period on the review ended in January and I understand a second public consultation period will be held later in the year.

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