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2006
Extension of Luas Line to Bray Co. Wicklow
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4 October 2006

To ask the Minister for Transport when the LUAS line will be extended to Bray, County Wicklow; the possible routes which have been identified; the way these were chosen; the consultation process which took place; if additional possible routes will be identified; the means by which a person can participate in this process; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

- Billy Timmins.

*    For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 4th October, 2006.

Ref No:   31174/06

Answered by the Minister for Transport

(Martin Cullen)

REPLY

Transport 21 provides for a Luas extension to the Bray area for completion in 2015.

A large number of possible routes were identified and evaluated by the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA). Following an in-depth multi-criteria analysis a short-list of three routes were selected for public consultation.

The first of these routes runs west of the M11, the second runs east of the M11 and third route runs along the old "Harcourt Street Line".  In addition a possible spur linking options one and two with the DART is under consideration.

The public consultation process began on 14th August and this process is continuing. A detailed Newsletter, including a Freepost reply card and other contact details has been distributed to households, businesses and stakeholders in the areas likely to be affected. A public Open Day was held in Bray on 13 September 2006 and I am informed that this event was extremely well attended.

All comments made to the RPA before 27 October 2006 will be considered in selecting the final route, which may include variants to those put forward for public consultation.

Comments can be made to the RPA at

Freephone:            1800 676464

E Mail:                        info@rpa.ie

Web:               www.rpa.ie

Address:                    PR Department

                                    RPA,

                                    Parkgate Business Centre

                                    Parkgate St.

                                    Dublin 8.