Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
533. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the actions being taken by his Department to protect the Ballybrophy to Limerick line; if this line is threatened with closure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35904/16]
As the Deputy will be aware, the National Transport Authority (NTA) is currently running a public consultation on rail in Ireland. It was launched last week with the publication of the Rail Review 2016 - which the NTA undertook in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann - together with an NTA consultation document "The Role of Rail in Ireland and Funding its Delivery". Both documents are available on the NTA's website. The public consultation process will give the public and all interested parties the opportunity to give their views and contribute to the debate on the future of heavy rail in Ireland. The public consultation process will run until 18th January and the NTA will then prepare a report based on the findings; thereafter I intend to bring this report to Government. No decisions will be made about the heavy rail network before the public consultation process has concluded and been evaluated.