To ask the Minister for Transport the status of plans to link up the LUAS lines in Dublin City centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Leo Varadkar.
* For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 3rd April, 2008.
Ref No: 12620/08
Answered by the Minister for Transport
My Department engaged independent consultants Booz, Allen and Hamilton to review the proposal from Iarnród Éireann that the Broadstone alignment be used for suburban rail services. I received the report of the independent consultants some weeks ago.
Having considered the report I wrote to the Dublin City Manager, the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) and CIE on the 4th of February indicating that I was minded to mandate the RPA to proceed with planning the delivery of a Luas Line from St. Stephen's Green to Liffey Junction and using the old Broadstone Railway alignment. I gave the agencies an opportunity to make written submissions to me before I finalising my decision. I recently received the written submissions of the agencies and I will communicate my final decision to them shortly.