To ask the Minister for Transport the main public transport and roads projects outlined in the Dublin Transport Office's Platform for change transport plan for the capital in order of priority for implementation.
- John Gormley. (Nominated by: Eamon Ryan).
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 5th February, 2003.
Identical Question(s): copy with 59
Ref No: 2690/03 Lottery: 78
Answered by the Minister for Transport
The updated DTO Strategy A Platform for Change 2000-2016 provides the framework for the development of the transport network in the Greater Dublin Area in the period to 2016.
Significant elements of the Strategy are now being delivered under the NDP with priority being given to:
1) Increasing capacity on the suburban rail system through expanding capacity of the DART system. By 2005, there will have been a 100% increase in the capacity of the system compared with 2000. With the placing into service this year of 80 diesel railcars there will have been an increase of 130% in the capacity of suburban services on the Kildare line while services on the Maynooth line and suburban services on the Northern line will also have been increased.
2) The provision of the Luas light rail system which is scheduled to commence services in 2004.
3) Increasing the capacity of the bus fleet of Dublin Bus. This has been increased steadily, and an increased of 23% in peak hour capacity has been provided. In addition, Bus Eireann has increased the capacity by approximately 40% on the main commuter services into Dublin.
4) Capacity improvements to N7, and
5) Introduction of Quality Bus Corridors
Over the coming years there will be further increases in the capacity of the bus system, suburban rail services and the Luas, while the metro proposal is currently under consideration. The NDP provides for investment of over 2 billion in public transport and traffic management in Dublin in the period to 2006, including provision of over 250 million Euro in respect of traffic management grants. Nearly 2 billion Euro will be invested in roads in the Dublin region. This represents total investment of almost 4 billion Euro over the life of the NDP.
Major road projects to a total value of approx. 1.4bn Euro are currently under construction in the Dublin city and county area including the 2nd bridge on the M50, South-Eastern Motorway, Dublin Port Tunnel, M1 - Cloghran/Balbriggan. These and other major road projects in the Greater Dublin Area including the N11 - Glen of the Downs and N7 - Kildare By-Pass are due for completion over the next 2 years or so.
In addition to the large number of projects underway, the majority of the remaining national road projects provided for in Platform for Change are well advanced in planning and will proceed to construction as quickly as possible having regard to the funding available.