Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
As the Deputy is aware, Project Ireland 2040notes the funding priority for the inter-urban rail network is to protect the investment already made in the national rail network, including the Mullingar line, by funding projects needed to maintain safety and service levels in railway operations. Project Ireland 2040also confirms a number of key investment priorities to address transport demand and deliver a range of benefits over the next ten years.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding of public transport; the operation of the rail network and stations on the network is a matter for Iarnród Éireann in the first instance.
In view of Iarnród Éireann's responsibility in these matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the company for direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.