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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rural Transport Programme Funding (23 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: ​I refer the Deputy to my answer of 09 March 2017 to her Question (ref no 12495/17, Proof 200). The position remains the same.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rural Transport Programme (23 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: ​My Department provides funding for the Rural Transport Programme (RTP) to the National Transport Authority (NTA) which has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including management of the RTP. In light of the NTA's responsibilities in this matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Greenways Development (23 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 193 to 195, inclusive, together. While there was no dedicated funding stream in place in 2011 for the development of greenways €10 million was allocated by my Department under the Special Jobs Initiative Programme to County Councils for the improvement of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and other sustainable transport measures in towns...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Tolls (23 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy in relation to roads.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects on national roads are a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly known as the NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the relevant local authority.  More specifically, the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Service Vehicles (23 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: ​As part of the public transport investment programme, my Department provides funding to the National Transport Authority (NTA) for a rolling programme of bus replacement and refurbishment of the PSO fleet and a grant scheme to increase the number of wheelchair accessible taxis and hackneys in the small public service vehicle (SPSV) fleet. This has enabled 100% of the Dublin Bus...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Departmental Expenditure (23 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: ​Details of payments made to external service providers are published by my Department and are available on my Department's website at the following link: .

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Éireann Services (23 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: ​As the Deputy is aware, bus services in counties Cavan and Monaghan, and indeed rural Ireland generally,comprise two distinct types of services. There are PSO services, which are socially necessary but financially unviable services, provided by operators under contract with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and which receive taxpayer funding. And then there are commercial bus...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Taxi Regulations (23 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: The regulation of the small public service vehicle industry, including issues pertaining to vehicle standards, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013. I have therefore referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within 10 working days.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Capital Expenditure Programme (22 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: The Government's Capital Plan allocates just over €3.6 billion for investment in public transport for the period 2016 to 2022.  Over this period, the level of annual funding for public transport investment will increase to more than €800m by 2022.  This will facilitate a significant upgrade to the public transport system, particularly in the Greater...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Light Rail Projects Status (22 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: The Programme for Government includes a commitment to proceed with the new Metro North project and as I have outlined in my reply to the previous question, funding is provided in the Capital Plan to facilitate construction of the link commencing in 2021 with a view to delivery by 2026/2027. The decision to proceed with new Metro North followed...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network Safety (22 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: Staffing levels at train stations are an operational matter for Iarnród Éireann and not issues in which I have any statutory function. I have however been informed that there are no plans to make either Portarlington or Portlaoise stations unmanned. The broader issue of staffling levels at stations generally is under review by the Company, primarily in response to changes in...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Transport Policy (22 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: ​As the Deputy may be aware, the Programme for Government contains a commitment to reviewing public transport policy so as to ensure services are sustainable into the future and are meeting the needs of a modern economy. My Department's Statement of Strategy 2016-2019 lists the publication of a new Public Transport Policy Statement as a key indicator of progress. My Department plans...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Safety Authority Reports (22 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: The Deputy may wish to note that I responded in relation to this RSA survey on 24 January this year, in Question No. 607 of that day.​ As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for legislation in this area.  The prevention/detection of driving while disqualified is a matter for An Garda Síochána, and falls within the remit of the Tánaiste and Minister for...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Traffic Management (22 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: ​I fully recognise that there is considerable evidence emerging of increased travel demand across the Dublin Region in general. Insofar as congestion issues in Dublin are concerned, the National Transport Authority's (NTA) transport strategy for the Greater Dublin Area provides the overarching framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure and services over the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Harbours and Piers (22 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: ​Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company is designated under National Ports Policy for transfer to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Since the transfer process commenced, senior officials from my Department have met with Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, and the CE and senior officials of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, on a number of occasions, to...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Industrial Disputes (22 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: I propose to answer Questions Nos. 38 and 89 together. First of all I want to be very clear that the issues currently arising within Bus Éireann stem from their commercial Expressway routes and are not related to taxpayer funding. The vast majority of Bus Éireann routes and passengers relate to its PSO business and are funded by the taxpayer. In Budget 2017 I...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Military Aircraft Landings (22 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: ​International civil aviation is governed by the Chicago Convention. Annex 10 of the Convention deals with aeronautical telecommunication and contains detailed regulations in relation to all radio communication matters, including the use of call signs by aircraft. Call signs are unique identifiers used by an aircraft in radio communications, in compliance with international and...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Policy (22 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: ​I fully recognise the importance of the provision of walking and cycling infrastructure which supports sustainable travel to schools and colleges.  The Deputy will recall that the precise targets set out in the Smarter Travel policy and the National Cycle Policy Framework were largely predicated on the availability of the substantial funding which did not transpire because...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Industrial Disputes (22 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: ​In recent months I have taken action on a number of fronts in order to address issues raised by stakeholders in Bus Éireann. I have increased the amount of Public Service Obligation (PSO) funding so that in 2017 almost €263million will be provided to the NTA to allocate to public transport operators. That figure represents an 11% increase on 2016 and I have publicly...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: EU Regulations (22 Mar 2017)

Shane Ross: I refer the Deputy to my response to Priority Question No 1. As I stated, officials in my Department are currently engaged with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel in order to finalise the details relating to the statutory instrument which will transpose EU Regulation 598/2014.  While I fully recognise and regret that the legislative requirements to give full effect to Regulation...

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