Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
72. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport for an Irish Rail engineers' report on the upgrades made to the Ballybrophy to Limerick rail line to determine if it is possible to increase speeds on the line to improve the service and entice more users; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30220/20]
73. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will work with Irish Rail to review the timetables on rural routes such as the Ballybrophy to Limerick and the Limerick Junction to Waterford lines and make minor changes to suit commuters and students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30221/20]
74. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will appoint a regional manager to oversee operations on rural lines in particular the Ballybrophy to Limerick line and to work with local third level institutions and large workplaces (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30222/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 72 to 74, inclusive, together.
As the Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. However, I am not involved in operational management of public transport.
The matters raised are, in the first instance, for Iarnród Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy's questions to the company for direct reply.
Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.