Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ceisteanna (196)

Joan Burton

Ceist:

196. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding allocated to the BusConnects programme for Dublin; the funds that have been set aside for land acquisition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10322/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

Budget 2018 provides for an increase in the multi-annual capital investment for public transport with a four-year capital envelope of €2.7 billion over the period 2018-2021. This substantial multi-annual envelope includes funding of over €770 million for the BusConnects programme to fundamentally transform our bus system, so that journeys for bus passengers will be fast, reliable, punctual, convenient and affordable.

The recently launched National Development Plan also identifies the BusConnects programme as a key public transport investment priority for completion in the GDA over the period of the plan.

Work is ongoing on the redesign of the bus services network in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) and also on infrastructure proposals for Core Bus Corridors which will be an integral part of the programme.  When this work is complete, the National Transport Authority will launch public consultations that are expected to commence in April and May of this year. The results of the public consultation will inform the final decisions to be made on the network redesign, Core Bus Corridors routes and park and ride facilities. The costs of the various elements of the overall BusConnects programme will be confirmed as part of the appropriate appraisal and procurement processes required under the Public Spending Code.