Written answers

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Rail Network

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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87. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport for an update on the delivery of additional carriages for Dublin Sligo rail line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13267/24]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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As 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 National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally, and for decisions in relation to these services in conjunction with the relevant transport operators, in this case Irish Rail.

This Government is committed to improving public transport and is backing up that commitment with significant investments across the network, including the introduction of 41 new Intercity Rail Carriages (ICRs) into the fleet this year.

Decisions on the deployment of the 41 intercity carriages will be based on current and projected demand and infrastructure capacity, and subject to approval of the NTA. Therefore, I have referred the Deputy's question to Irish Rail and the NTA for direct response to the Deputy. Please advise my private office if you do not receive replies within ten working days.


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