To ask the Minister for Transport his views on the issues raised in the correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Tony Gregory.
* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 13th June, 2006.
Ref No: 22337/06
Answered by the Minister for Transport
Transport 21 provides for a city-centre link between the Luas Green and Red Lines (Line BX), with a subsequent extension northwards (Line D) serving Broadstone and connecting with the Maynooth suburban rail line around Liffey Junction. The target date for completion of the full project is 2012.
The RPA commenced a public consultation process in respect of Line BX, focusing initially on the challenge of selecting the best overall route option for the line, last November. This process is still underway. Planning and design on Line D is at a much less developed stage.
I understand that the RPA have considered the suggestion of progressing Luas Line D at the same time as Line BX. They have indicated that the most efficient manner in which to progress Line D would be to initiate public consultation focusing on Line D soon after a preferred route option has been selected for the city centre link, Line BX.
The RPA will continue to keep the options for advancing the overall project under review.