To ask the Minister for Transport and the Marine if, in view of the proposals for high density development at northside and Clonshaugh in Dublin 17 and at Nevinstown in Fingal, he will request the Railway Procurement Agency to begin the process of building a LUAS line from Dublin City centre to Coolock and these proposed new developments; if he has had discussions with developers in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Thomas P. Broughan.
* For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 5th July, 2007.
Ref No: 19672/07
Answered by the Minister for Transport
While Transport 21 involves a very large commitment of financial resources, those resources are also finite. Transport 21 provides funding for the delivery of an extensive prioritised rail based network in the ten-year period to 2015. This network is based on the Dublin Transportation Office strategy "A Platform for Change".
The Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) is tasked with the delivery of the Luas and Metro elements of Transport 21. In the short to medium term the RPA is focused on delivering all Luas/Metro projects for which financial support is provided for in Transport 21.
Since the launch of Transport 21 in November 2005 a growing momentum has developed on the delivery of this very large investment programme including Metro North which will serve Nevinstown.
The DTO strategy remains the longer-term strategic framework for transport in the Greater Dublin Area. Funding is provided in Transport 21 for feasibility studies based on elements of the DTO strategy which are not included in the current ten-year programme and the RPA will conduct such studies during the timescale of Transport 21. Among these is a Luas line on the Northside connecting Metro North and the DART/northern suburban rail network, from the Whitehall area to Kilbarrack area.