To ask the Minister for Transport when the route alignment proposals for Metro west will go before public consultation; and the timeline thereafter for progressing the project.
- Joan Burton. (Nominated by: Róisín Shortall).
For ORAL answer on Thursday, 2nd November, 2006.
Ref No: 35763/06
Answered by the Minister for Transport
The Railway Procurement Agency have made good progress on identifying feasible alignments and I understand that a number of possible route options will be presented for public consultation in the coming weeks.
It is expected that a preferred alignment will be identified in 2007, taking into account the outcome of this stage of public consultation. Thereafter a design will be developed, an EIS will be prepared, a business case for the project will be prepared and a formal application for a Railway Order will be made.
In line with the timeframes set out in Transport 21, Metro West is scheduled for completion in 2014.