Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Rail Network Expansion
169. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the review of an extension to the western rail corridor has commenced; if so, the person or body carrying out the review; when the conclusions of the review will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25790/18]
As the Deputy is aware, both the "Programme for a Partnership Government" and the recently-published "National Development Plan" commit to independent review of the costings for a proposal to extend the existing Western Rail Corridor.
My Department is currently at an advanced stage in developing an approach for progressing such a review in line with these commitments, and I expect to be in a position shortly to decide on the approach to be taken. I am also cognisant of the need for stakeholder consultation as part of the process, and can assure the Deputy that this will be an integral part of the review's arrangements. Once the process is complete, the findings of this review will be submitted to Government for consideration in the usual way.