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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 11 May 2021

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Questions (212, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220)

Jackie Cahill

Question:

212. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Transport the number of level crossings that are manned by Iarnród Éireann on the Limerick to Ballybrophy line; if there is a programme funded by either his Department or Iarnród Éireann to allow these crossings to be converted to remotely operated and monitored full automatic crossings; if not, if he will consider funding such a programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24599/21]

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Jackie Cahill

Question:

214. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Transport the amount invested in the Ballybrophy to Limerick rail line for improvement and safety works including the laying of continuous welded rail in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24653/21]

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Jackie Cahill

Question:

215. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Transport the amount planned to be invested in the Ballybrophy to Limerick rail line for improvement and safety works including the laying of continuous welded rail in 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24654/21]

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Jackie Cahill

Question:

216. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Transport the improvement and safety works made on the Ballybrophy to Limerick rail line from 1 January 2020 to 5 May 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24655/21]

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Jackie Cahill

Question:

217. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Transport the number of miles of continuous welded rail laid on the Ballybrophy to Limerick rail line to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24656/21]

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Jackie Cahill

Question:

218. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Transport the number of miles of continuous welded rail planned to be laid on the Ballybrophy to Limerick rail line for the remainder of 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24657/21]

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Jackie Cahill

Question:

219. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Transport the number of user and farmer worked crossings on the Limerick to Ballybrophy rail line; when the usage of these crossings was last reviewed; the regularity with which they are reviewed; his plans to eliminate crossing either through land swaps or building of over or under bridges to eliminate risk and allow line speeds to be increased; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24658/21]

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Jackie Cahill

Question:

220. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Transport the number of user worked level crossings on a public road that are designated as an OP crossing by Iarnród Éireann on the Limerick to Ballybrophy rail line; if the crossings have been provided with the decision support system; if so, the number of cost per crossing; if he will provide additional funding to allow a programme to provide this system on all OP crossings on the line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24659/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy may be aware the Infrastructure Manager Multi Annual Contract (IMMAC) provides the funding framework for the protection and renewal of our railway infrastructure, including the Ballybrophy to Limerick rail line.

This is the second year of the five year IMMAC programme, as approved by Government in 2020, and over the five years of the programme just over €1billion in Exchequer funding will be made available to support delivery. This funding will increase service reliability and punctuality, improve journey times and ensure continued safety of rail services.

Noting Iarnród Éireann's (IÉ) responsibility in the matter, in the first instance, I have referred the Deputy's questions to IÉ for a more detailed reply on the specific matters raised. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.

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