Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
453. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the delivery of the Royal Canal walkway that will service the new Broombridge Luas station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51962/17]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 452 and 453 together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA).
Plans have been developed for a new train station at Royal Canal Park known as Pelletstown, approximately mid-way between Broombridge and Ashtown railway stations. As well as serving this area with a new train station, this facility will also incorporate a pedestrian / cycle bridge over both the railway and the canal at this location. This will link with the canal towpath on the north side of the canal, allowing pedestrians to use the canal tow path to walk to Broombridge railway station / Luas stop, where there will be another pedestrian bridge spanning the canal and railway.
In relation to Pelletstown Station, planning permission is in place and work is currently on-going to complete a detailed design and prepare tender documents for the station's construction. This work is expected to be completed in the next two months and the NTA expect to be able to advise a firm timeline for the construction of this station very early next year.