Written answers

Tuesday, 7 March 2023

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Rail Network

Photo of Frank FeighanFrank Feighan (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael)
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203. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on a proposal (details supplied) to help speed up the Sligo to Dublin Connolly train line; if there are any plans to improve the speed of the Sligo to Dublin train service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11132/23]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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I thank the Deputy for bringing this proposal to my attention.

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding of public transport, including rail. The operation, maintenance and renewal of the rail network and stations on the network is a matter for Iarnród Éireann in the first instance.

The Deputy may wish to note that the Strategic Rail Review is considering the future of the rail network with regard to the following ambitions: improving sustainable connectivity between the major cities including the potential for higher/high-speed, enhancing regional accessibility, supporting balanced regional development and rail connectivity to our international gateways. The Reviewis considering the scope for improved rail services and infrastructure along the various existing, or potential future, corridors of the network including disused and closed lines. This scope includes capacity on the Sligo/Mullingar line, including the type of issues to which the Deputy refers.

The Reviewis now at an advanced stage and will be published after the necessary approvals are secured on both sides of the border.


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