Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
93. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason that the Leap card does not apply in Laytown and Gormanston but does in north County Wicklow, both equidistant from Connolly station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49776/21]
94. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if there are plans to reduce rail fares at Gormanston and Laytown stations to bring them in line with Balbriggan station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49777/21]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 93 and 94 together.
As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport, nor decisions on fares.
Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (NTA) in December 2009, the NTA has responsibility for the regulation of fares charged to passengers in respect of public transport services, provided under public service obligation (PSO) contracts.
Therefore, I have forwarded the Deputy's questions to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.