Written answers

Thursday, 4 July 2024

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Public Transport

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein)
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46. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he is aware that the transport plan for Ballyfermot will lead to a series of issues (details supplied); how this is compatible with being a sustainable local travel model for the area.; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28145/24]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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As the Deputy may be aware, BusConnects is a transformative programme of investment in the bus system, providing better bus services across our cities. It is the largest investment in the bus system in the history of the State, and is managed by the National Transport Authority (NTA).

In Dublin, the major infrastructure element of of BusConnects comprises Core Bus Corridor schemes. These Corridors aim to provide over 200 km of enhanced walking, cycling, and bus route infrastructure in the Dublin region. An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission to six of the Corridors - the Clongriffin, Liffey Valley, Ballymun/Finglas, Belfield/Blackrock, Swords, and Blanchardstown schemes.

New bus services in Dublin have already been delivered, with the first five phases of the Network Redesign rolled out in recent years. The Network Redesign for the entire network will continue in the coming years.

Overall, BusConnects will transform bus services in our cities, allowing passengers to travel more conveniently, quickly and sustainably, and I look forward to its full implementation.

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The NTA has responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure, including BusConnects.

Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.

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