Tuesday, 17 May 2005
Department of Transport
Question 221: To ask the Minister for Transport, further to Question No. 233 of 5 May 2005, if the data of 117 kilometres of quality bus corridors mentioned includes all of the corridors with some bus corridor, such as that on Clontarf Road; if not, the number of kilometres of route not included in that reply; and if they are fully operational. [15957/05]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 220 and 221 together.
In relation to Question No. 221, I can confirm, as was pointed out in the response to Question No. 233 of 5 May 2005, that there are nine quality bus corridors with a total length of 117 kilometres in operation.
There are also other bus priority measures in place on other sections of the road network. These may not meet the quality characteristics of the QBC specification or connect with a quality bus corridor. They have generally been developed to better facilitate bus movement on sections of some specific routes. Such bus priority measures, aside from the quality bus corridors mentioned above, sum to a total operational length of just under 10 kilometres.
As regards the new or extended quality bus corridors planned to be developed in 2005, I would point out to the Deputy that the DTO is engaged in providing for a rolling programme of QBCs projects. In order to ensure the most up to date specific information on the programme, I have asked officials in my Department to arrange a meeting with the DTO in the near future on this matter.