Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Rail Services Provision
403. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the timeframe for new rolling stock to be delivered to Irish Rail for use on the Mullingar to Sligo line; and his plans to deal with the overcrowding that persists. [53756/19]
I am pleased to inform the Deputy that Government recently approved for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Iarnród Éireann to proceed with the proposed purchase of 41 additional InterCity Railcars (ICRs). The purchase of these ICRs will increase capacity on the rail network including that on the Mullingar to Sligo line as part of the Dublin to Sligo line. This additional stock will cost approximately €150 million and is expected to commence entry into service by end 2021.