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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Railway Stations (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: I am aware of the increased demand for commuter services, particularly during peak commuter hours.  The NTA's “Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) 2016-2035” provides a framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure and services in the GDA over the next two decades.  The DART Expansion Programme, which is a cornerstone project of...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sport and Recreational Development (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: The public consultation process for the new National Sports Policy, to which Deputy O'Keeffe refers, was a most useful exercise. It resulted in the receipt of 54 submissions from a wide range of stakeholders including Government departments, National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Sports Partnerships and private individuals. My Department and I have closely examined the content...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sport and Recreational Development (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: I thank the Deputy for his question concerning this important policy development. Its importance reflects the highly consultative process that has been followed by my Department. A public consultation was initiated in late 2016 and resulted in the receipt of 54 submissions from a wide range of stakeholders including Government departments, National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Noise Pollution (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: As the Deputy is aware, the Government recently approved my proposal to designate Fingal County Council as the noise regulator for Dublin Airport in order that Ireland fully complies with EU Regulation 598/2014. The Regulation sets out how Member States should regulate noise at major airports, under a regulatory framework that provides for the measurement, management and on-going...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Services for People with Disabilities (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: The National Transport Authority (NTA) has functional responsibility for promoting the development of an integrated, accessible public transport network. The NTA has advised my Department that while it does not propose to establish a separate office such as the Deputy has suggested, it is assessing the potential of a more centralised general contact facility for public transport...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area is a statutory function of local authorities in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993.  Works on such roads are a matter for the relevant local authority to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of projects...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Military Aircraft Landings (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 24 together. The purpose of the ongoing internal review of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973, is to identify the options available for various aspects of the Order. The internal review will be completed in the coming weeks. The Chicago Convention, which is the main international treaty...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Services (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: The Rail Review Report was undertaken jointly by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Iarnród Éireann and was published in 2016. The purpose of the Review was: - to look at the existing rail network; - to identify the funding required both to maintain the network and to provide for necessary capital works; - and to consider the gap in funding. Since the Rail Review was...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Services (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: I wish to advise the Deputy that following the mid-term review of the Capital Plan, Budget 2018 provides for an increase in the multi-annual capital investment for public transport with a four-year capital envelope of €2.7 billion over the period 2018-2021. This substantial multi-annual envelope includes funding of over €770 million for the BusConnects programme to fundamentally...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Services for People with Disabilities (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: Accessibility features, such as wheelchair access and audio/visual aids, are built into all new public transport infrastructure projects and vehicles from the design stage. Newer systems such as LUAS are fully accessible. In Budget 2018 I secured a trebling of the funding provided for the accessibility retro-fit programme as part of the 4 year capital envelope for public transport...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network Expansion (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: The National Transport Authority's (NTA) "Transport Strategy for the GDA 2016-2035" proposes implementation of the overall DART Expansion Programme.  As the Deputy may be aware, the Government’s budgetary framework for capital investment, "Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021", which was reviewed last year in the context of the Mid-Term...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects Status (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual national road projects  is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. I have,...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Services (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 29 and 74 together. As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA). The NTA's Transport Strategy for the GDA 2016-2035 proposes implementation of the DART Expansion Programme.  The overall DART...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Airport Development Projects (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: In accordance with the National Aviation Policy, the Government fully supports the building of a second runway at Dublin Airport and the development of the Airport as a hub airport with the necessary capacity to connect key existing and emerging global markets. The daa - which has statutory responsibility to manage, operate and develop Dublin Airport - was granted planning...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Noise Pollution (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 32, 73 and 77 together. The Government has recently approved my proposal to designate Fingal County Council as the Noise Regulator for Dublin Airport in order that Ireland fully complies with EU Regulation 598/2014, which came into effect in 2016.  As the Deputies will be aware, an earlier proposal was that the Irish Aviation Authority would be...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Park and Ride Facilities (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. However, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport, including provision of park and ride facilities across the country.   As the Deputy is aware, Park & Ride is a key component of the Galway Transport Strategy...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 34 and 44 together. Regarding the classification of the widened Naas Bypass project I can confirm that the widened Naas Bypass will remain a motorway. As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: National Play and Recreation Policies (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: The National Physical Activity Plan, launched in early 2016, contains a series of actions designed to foster increased physical activity by children and young people, including primary school children. My colleague, the Minister for Education and Skills, exercises lead responsibility for the majority of these actions. Significant progress has been made in relation to these actions, details of...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects Status (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Within its capital budget, the assessment...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Regional Road Network (15 Feb 2018)

Shane Ross: The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of the relevant County or City Council, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter...

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