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2002
Luas Line B (Harcourt Line) to Sandyford
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3 December 2002

To ask the Minister for Transport the reason the Harcourt line of Luas extends only as far as Sandyford when there is a clear need for it to be completed as far as Bray.

- Seán Crowe.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 3rd December, 2002.
Ref No:   24647/02     Proof:   376

To ask the Minister for Transport the reason he is not as eager to extend the Harcourt line of Luas to Bray as he is to needlessly damage a valuable heritage site for building a railway parallel to this road when the track is already clear.

- Seán Crowe.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 3rd December, 2002.
Ref No:   24649/02     Proof:   378

Answered by Minister for Transport

Seamus Brennan

                       REPLY

I intend to take Questions 348 and 350 together.

The Dublin Transportation Office Strategy A Platform for Change 2000-2016 contains proposals for a Metro system for Dublin to cater for the demands of public transport services likely to arise in future.  Under the strategy the Luas line, from St. Stephens Green to Sandyford, which is at present at an advanced stage of construction, will be upgraded to Metro standard and will be extended to Shanganagh, near Bray.  Meanwhile I am expecting proposals from the RPA for extension of the Sandyford Luas line to Cherrywood.

Earlier this year, the Government decided that the Metro will be developed in phases and asked the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) to submit proposals for Phase 1 involving a line from Dublin Airport and Blanchardstown through the City Centre to Shanganagh.  The RPA has recently submitted to my Department an Outline Business Case for Phase 1 of the Metro and this is being evaluated by my Department at present.