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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108. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport for an update on the delivery of the transport study for east Westmeath and its inclusion of the reopening of the Killucan railway station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13268/24]

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 of public transport. The operation, maintenance and renewal of the rail network and stations on the network, including the former station at Killucan, is a matter for Iarnród Éireann in the first instance.

In 2023, my Department made funding available to Iarnoód Éireann to allow it undertake a ‘Killucan-Rathwire and Kinnegad Area Transport Environs Study’. As well as looking at the former station at Killucan, the wider geographic scope of the environs study will help ensure the optimal location for any future potential station is identified with respect to population, transport demand and proximity to the existing network.

This Study will provide the necessary analysis to determine the viability of a future station in the area if such a station is deemed appropriate by the Study. Ultimately if the opening of a new station in the area is to be progressed then it will be necessary for Westmeath County Council to develop the business case in line with the requirements set out in the Infrastructure Guidelines. I understand that the Council has been informed of this position; however, this Study is an important first step and it is appropriate that it be funded by my Department.

Noting Iarnród Éireann's responsibility in this matter and the specific issues raised by the Deputy, I have referred the Deputy's questions to the Iarnoód Éireann for a more detailed reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.


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