Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Department of Transport
Question 639: To ask the Minister for Transport the status of the rail link to Navan; his plans to expedite the delivery of the phase of the project connecting Navan to Pace; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37916/09]
Transport 21 provides for the development of the Navan Rail Link on a phased basis in the period to 2015.
Work commenced on the construction of the Clonsilla – Pace section (Phase 1) in December 2008 and is on target for delivery next year.
The current position regarding the Pace – Navan section (Phase 2) is that the preferred route was chosen earlier this year. The selected route follows the route of the original Navan rail line.
Approval has been given to Iarnród Éireann by my Department to progress the detailed planning and design necessary to lodge a Railway Order application with An Bord Pleanála. Iarnród Éireann expect to lodge the application in early 2011. The completion date of the project is contingent on the outcome of the planning and procurement processes.