As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding of public transport. The operation and scheduling of the heavy rail network, including DART services, is a day-to-day matter for Iarnród Éireann. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the development and implementation of public transport in the Greater Dublin Area including, in consultation with Iarnród Éireann, assessing rolling stock requirements for the rail network.
In this regard, the NTA and Iarnród Éireann have just recently commenced a procurement process for the establishment of a 10 year framework agreement for the purchase of additional rail fleet required for the expansion of the existing DART Network as part of the DART Expansion Programme.
Noting the responsibility of the agencies, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA, for a more detailed direct reply on the issues raised. Please advise my office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.