Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Ceisteanna (181)

Eamon Ryan


181. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the latest estimate for the cost of the Cork light rail proposal. [16932/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Deputy is aware a draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy is currently being finalised by Cork City Council and Cork County Council, in partnership with the National Transport Authority (NTA). The strategy will provide a framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure and services across the Cork Metropolitan Area, for the period up to 2040. 

The draft strategy will contain proposals relating to all  modes of transport including - 

- a BusConnects Cork type programme;

- enhancements to the commuter rail service, including additional stations;

- a future light rail or bus rapid transit corridor to serve the increased population growth out to 2040 as envisaged by the National Planning Framework; and

- a number of bus and rail-based  park & ride sites.

I understand that the draft strategy will contain indicative costings in respect of implementation.

The draft strategy will shortly be published for public consultation.  The purpose of this consultation process will be to elicit feedback on any issues or concerns arising in relation to the various proposals. The strategy will then be finalised in light of feedback received.