Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Rail Network

Photo of Marc MacSharryMarc MacSharry (Sligo-Leitrim, Fianna Fail)
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242. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated cost of electrifying the rail network with reference to the cost of electrifying one kilometre of railway track; and the cost of purchasing one electric train. [43971/19]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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As the Deputy is aware, 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 planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, including the DART Expansion Programme which provides for electrification of the network and expansion of the fleet.

Noting the NTA's responsibilities in the matter raised and their relevance to the Deputy's question generally, 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.


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