Thursday, 11 April 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
182. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the investigation carried out of the investment and operational support which would be needed to establish an integrated public transport service providing a level of service comparable to the best systems in other European countries; and if he will provide documents resulting from this research. [17182/19]
As the Deputy is aware the National Transport Authority (NTA) has a statutory responsibility to develop a Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area. The most recent Strategy, which incorporates plans for both infrastructural and service developments, was approved by the then Minister in early 2016. The Strategy must be reviewed every six years and work on that review will commence in 2020.
In relation to the 4 other cities, the NTA is working in close co-operation with relevant local authorities in developing and implementing a transport strategy for each of these cities. Galway City Council published its Strategy in 2016, Cork local authorities expect to publish a draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy shortly, while consultations on both Limerick and Waterford transport strategies are expected to commence later in 2019.
Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a more detailed reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.