Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Rail Network Expansion
573. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has commissioned a feasibility study into the extension of the western rail corridor (details supplied); the sections of the rail line being prioritised; if the prospective costs of the project have been examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11831/19]
As the Deputy is aware, both the 'Programme for a Partnership Government' and Project Ireland 2040, commit to an independent review of the costings for a proposal to extend the existing Western Rail Corridor (WRC).
Iarnród Éireann has completed a procurement process in relation to an independent financial and economic evaluation of a possible extension of the WRC. I understand the successful tenderers will be announced very shortly. As stated in the published tender documentation ,the process will involve appropriate consultation with all relevant stakeholders.
Project Ireland 2040 states that if the findings of the review are approved by Government, the project will be prioritised during the lifetime of the National Development Plan.