Thursday, 28 November 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Light Rail Projects
227. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the most recent reports and costings available to his Department with regard to a potential light rail link between Shannon Airport and Limerick city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49486/19]
I am not aware of any recent reports on the matter of light rail between Shannon airport and Limerick city; however, the issue of light rail in Limerick was considered by the relevant local authorities in their development of the Mid-West Area Strategic Plan 2012 to 2030. I understand the Plan concluded light rail was not a viable option at that time.
The Deputy may be aware that the National Transport Authority (NTA) is currently working with the relevant local authorities to develop a draft Limerick-Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (LSMATS).
The draft strategy will consider all transport modes and will set out a framework for investment in transport infrastructure and services for Limerick and Shannon for a 20-year period.
It is intended to publish a draft strategy in Quarter 1, 2020 for public consultation, after which a final strategy will be published.