Written answers

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Light Rail Projects

Photo of David CullinaneDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein)
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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]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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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.

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