To ask the Minister for Transport the reason the Metro line proposed to run from Tallaght, via Terenure and Kimmage to the city centre has been dropped under the Transport 21 strategy.
- Olwyn Enright. (Nominated by: Olivia Mitchell).
For ORAL answer on Thursday, 24th November, 2005.
Ref No: 36015/05 Lottery: 12
Answer by the Minister for Transport
Plans for a metro line from Tallaght via Kimmage to the city centre have not been dropped. Transport 21 provides for feasibility studies for this and other projects (including the proposed Luas line from the city centre to Dundrum via Terenure) over the course of the programme.
While Transport 21 involves is a very large commitment of financial resources, those resources are also finite. It has therefore been necessary to prioritise the investments to be made over the ten year period.
Tallaght is served at present by the Luas Red Line. The other areas mentioned by the Deputy are currently served by two QBCs (Rathfarnham & Tallaght) and a significant number of bus services.
Transport 21 includes a substantial financial provision for the development of bus services and for the doubling of the Quality Bus Network over the period of the programme.