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Transport 21
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1 November 2005

€34.4bn 'TRANSPORT 21'

connecting communities, promoting prosperity

Government launches '21st century transport plan for 21st century Ireland'

An integrated transport system for Dublin, to include seven new Luas projects, two Metro lines, an underground station at St. Stephen's Green integrating all services and the Western Rail Corridor are among the investments outlined today in Transport 21, the Government's €34.4billion transport investment plan (full details attached).

Transport 21 also includes new commuter rail services for Cork City and Galway City, DART extensions in Dublin, and a new road route connecting Donegal, to Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford, known as the Atlantic Corridor. 

An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern TD launched Transport 21, a strategy which will see €9.4million invested every day for the next 10 years in Irish transport.  The Taoiseach was joined by the Tánaiste, Mary Harney TD, the Minister for Transport, Martin Cullen TD and the Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen TD. 

Minister Cullen outlined the details of Transport 21, nationally and in the Greater Dublin Area, saying Transport 21 had connecting communities and promoting prosperity at its core.  Minister Cowen outlined the economic benefits of Transport 21 and detailed a series of value for money measures to ensure Transport 21 is delivered on time and on budget.

Speaking in Dublin Castle, the Taoiseach said Transport 21 signalled a new era for transport in Ireland.  He said:  "We need and deserve a first class transport system.  We have all worked to generate the resources, now we must invest to continue to improve the lives of everybody.  On transport, we have to move from far behind to the lead.  Transport 21 is designed to achieve this objective and deliver benefits in every part of the country."

The Tánaiste, Mary Harney said:  "This programme will not merely meet the transport needs of our citizens, but also underpin our competitiveness into the future.  Ireland is no longer a low wage economy and we have no wish to return to being one.  A comprehensive and efficient transport network is essential if we are to continue to improve our living standards while remaining competitive in the global market place."     

Minister Cullen said:  "Transport 21 will deliver a 21st century infrastructure for a 21st century Ireland.  It has connecting communities and promoting prosperity at its core.  It is visionary, detailed, integrated and deliverable.  Transport 21 seizes the historic opportunity to complete the transformation of our country."

Minister Cowen said:  "Transport 21 is a statement by Government that transport investment merits top priority. 

  "Quality, integrated transport is critical for competitiveness, return on investment and regional development.  Sound economics has enabled us to prepare Transport 21, continued sound economics will sustain our stability and deliver Transport 21."


Further info: 

Department of Transport Press Office              01 6041090 / 91

Dan Pender                                                             01 6041090 / 087 2313415

Veronica Scanlan                                                   01 6041087 / 087 6430622

Additional Information

1.      Transport 21 Statistics

2.      Speech by the Tanaiste

3.      Speech by Minister Cowen

4.      Speech by Minister Cullen

5.      Transport 21 relevant dates

6.      Greater Dublin Area Rail map

7.      National roads map

8.      Western Rail Corridor - Galway - Cork rail map

For above documents please see attachements below