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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (118)

Darren O'Rourke


118. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport if he has received the full assessment report on the Navan rail line as part of the NTA updated transport strategy for the greater Dublin area; the reason for the delay in its publishing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53689/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy is aware the issue of a rail connection to Navan is being re-examined as part of the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) review of the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area. The Strategy as we all know is a multi-modal, twenty year transport strategy for the region and one that must be reflected in relevant land-use strategies across the GDA.

As part of their overall review, the NTA has engaged external expertise to specifically re-examine the feasibility of a Navan Rail Line and provide an evidence based assessment of the proposals to inform the review of the overall Strategy.

I understand that the draft Strategy will be published next week along with all of the background papers that informed its development. The publication of the documentation by the NTA will coincide with the launch of a public consultation process on the revised Strategy and I would encourage all interested parties to participate in that consultation process.