As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport in Ireland.
The Deputy is likely aware of the Green Line Capacity Enhancement project, funding of which is being provided as part of Project Ireland 2040. This important project comprises three significant elements –
- The expansion of the Sandyford tram depot;
- The extension of the existing 26 trams used on the Green Line to 55metres in length; and
- The addition of 8 new 55metres long trams to the fleet.
I am delighted to inform the Deputy that the expansion works required in relation to the Sandyford depot are now essentially complete. A sequence of extended trams is being rolled out across the autumn and commuters will benefit in the coming months as these extended trams enter into service. Next year will see the arrival of the 8 additional trams and the entire project will result in the capacity of the Green Line increasing by around 37% which the Deputy will acknowledge is a significant and welcome development.
The issue of frequency of services is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Transdev and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.