Thursday, 19 January 2023
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
104. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the value of extending an electrified train service to Wicklow town, as included in the NTA's transport strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2222/23]
As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, including the DART+ Programme.
Further extensions to DART services in the years ahead are being considered as part of the NTA’s review of the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area. The revised draft Strategyincludes proposals to extend DART services beyond Greystones to Wicklow. However, any such extension is a separate project to DART+ Coastal South and would require its own approvals.
It is important that we address constraints in the rail sector and allow rail to fulfil its potential as a sustainable mode of transport in pursuit of our legally-binding decarbonisation targets.
The Strategyis a multi-modal, twenty-year transport strategy for the region and one that must be reflected in relevant land-use strategies across the GDA. The Strategyis subject to a formal statutory approval process and the final version is expected to be published in the near future.