Thursday, 19 January 2023
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
183. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress to date in the electrification of the Dublin-Maynooth rail line, with particular reference to the towns likely to expect an enhanced service; the extent of the parking arrangements currently proposed; if such arrangements can be improved in line with local requests; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2573/23]
185. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when it is expected to commence construction works on the electrification of the Maynooth rail line; if Kilcock can be included in the proposals at this stage, given the extent to which this is being sought; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2575/23]
186. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent of the proposals to enhance and improve the Hazelhatch-Sallins commuter rail services in the near future; if electrification still remains an objective in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2576/23]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 183, 185 and 186 together.
As the Deputy may be aware, both DART+ West and DART+ South West are elements of the DART+ Programme. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, including, in consultation with Iarnród Éireann, the planning and implementation of the DART+ Programme.
Noting the NTA's responsibility in this matter and the specific issues raised by the Deputy, I have referred the Deputy's questions to the NTA for a more detailed reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.
184. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the current commuter train passenger levels throughout north Kildare, with particular reference to the need to ensure maximum efficiency, capacity and quality of service with the least overcrowding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2574/23]
As the Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport; however, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport.
The issue raised by the Deputy regarding the current commuter train passenger levels throughout north Kildare is an operational matter for Iarnród Éireann, and I have therefore forwarded the Deputy's question to the company for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.