To ask the Minister for Transport if he has confidence in the ability of the Railway Procurement Agency to deliver a cost effective metro in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Róisín Shortall.
* For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 3rd July, 2003.
Ref No: 19352/03
Answered by Minister for Transport
Under the Transport (Rail Infrastructure) Act, 2001 the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) has a statutory obligation to secure the provision of such light railway and metro railway infrastructure as I may from time to time determine.
I have confidence in the ability of the RPA to procure the proposed Dublin Metro on a cost effective basis. A competitive procurement process will determine the eventual cost of the Metro to the Exchequer as distinct from estimated costs at this early stage of the process.
The level and quality of the international interest in the competition for the metro project, as proven by the 18 companies which have pre-qualified for the competition also supports my view on this matter as potential bidders would not engage in the lengthy and expensive process without having confidence in the RPA.
Furthermore, during his recent visit, Professor Melis Maynar, the President of Metro de Madrid, which has been responsible for the delivery of over 100 km. of new metro in Madrid in the past 8 years has commented very favourably on the quality and ability of the Irish engineers involved in this and other projects.
My Department is currently finalizing its evaluation of the RPAs recommendations on how the PPP procurement of the first Metro line should proceed and I will be bringing proposals to the Government shortly.