Written answers

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Rail Network

Photo of Alan FarrellAlan Farrell (Dublin Fingal, Fine Gael)
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114. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport for an update on the acquisition of battery and battery electric trains for Irish Rail; the likely delivery date for the first tranche of this order; the number within this tranche; the phases of delivery for later tranches and their operational date range; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13061/24]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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As the Deputy may be aware, as Minister for Transport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding of public transport in Ireland, including in relation to the rail network. The National Transport Authority, or NTA, has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, including the DART+ fleet project.

In addition, I secured Cabinet approval this month which will allow for the procurement process for the replacement of the Enterprise train carriages to progress, such that new train carriages can enter service from 2029 on the Dublin to Belfast intercity line. These new trains are expected to involve the use of battery and overhead electric line power on initial operation (as well as diesel or an alternative), and they will provide for faster services and increased frequency on the Dublin to Belfast route.

Noting the NTA's responsibility on the DART+ fleet 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.


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