Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Rural Transport Programme
394. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the usage of the extended rural transport LocalLink services that cover weekend and late night journeys which were initiated as a pilot; if data is available on the journeys taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53692/19]
395. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to further expand the usage of the rural transport LocalLink services following the success of the extended weekend late night pilot scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53693/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 394 and 395 together.
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 securing the provision of public transport services nationally. It also has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including management of the Rural Transport Programme, which now operates under the 'Local Link' brand.
In light of the NTA's responsibilities in this matter, I have referred your questions to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.