To ask the Minister for Transport when the LUAS line will be extended to City West, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Billy Timmins.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 16th May, 2006.
Ref No: 18546/06
Answered by the Minister for Transport
Transport 21 provides for a spur from the Tallaght Luas line to the Citywest Campus (Line A1). The Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) is at present progressing this project.
The inclusion of the in Transport 21 project was contingent on agreement being reached between the RPA and private developers on the sharing of the costs involved in the project.
Public consultation on the proposed route from Belgard to Fortunestown Lane began on 23 February 2006 following the signing, in September 2005, of Heads of Agreement between the RPA and developers in relation to the scheme. My Department recently approved an extension of the project to Garter Lane arising from an agreement among the developers, which, inter alia, involves additional private sector involvement in funding the scheme.
South Dublin County Council have confirmed their strong support for the project.
Subject to compliance with the relevant statutory procedures etc, construction should be completed in 2009.