Tuesday, 26 April 2022
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
398. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider a request by an organisation (details supplied) to include the Limerick to Ballybrophy via Nenagh railway line on the Irish Rail manual level crossing upgrade project and provide the ring fenced funding required to initiate the process of automating the 12 manual level crossings remaining on the line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20503/22]
As the Deputy may be aware, the Infrastructure Manager Multi Annual Contract (IMMAC) provides the funding framework for the protection and renewal of our railway infrastructure, including the Ballybrophy to Limerick rail line.
This is the third year of the five-year IMMAC programme, as approved by Government in 2020, and over the five years of the programme in excess of €1.1billion in Exchequer funding will be made available to support infrastructure maintenance and improvement. This funding will increase service reliability and punctuality, improve journey times and ensure continued safety of rail services. Usage of level crossings is reviewed on an annual basis through an on-going programme of inspections.
The Deputy may wish to note that the IMMAC programme supports an enhanced programme of track relaying on the Ballybrophy line.
Noting Iarnród Éireann's (IÉ) responsibility on the specific issue raised, I have referred the Deputy's question to IÉ for a direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.