Written answers

Thursday, 4 July 2024

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Public Transport

Photo of Jennifer Murnane O'ConnorJennifer Murnane O'Connor (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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24. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport for an update on the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan in County Carlow; and the date by which all bus routes under the Plan will be up and running in the county. [28315/24]

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.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing the provision of public passenger transport services nationally. The NTA also has national responsibility for integrated local and rural transport, including TFI Local Link services and the rollout of services under the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan.

In light of the NTA's responsibilities for new and enhanced public transport services under Connecting Ireland, including services in County Carlow. I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply to you. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

Photo of Cian O'CallaghanCian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats)
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25. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will take action ensure direct DART services to Howth, Sutton and Bayside are retained as part of the DART + Coastal North Project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28345/24]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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As the Deputy may be aware, DART+ Coastal North is part of the overall DART+ Programme. The DART+ Coastal North project will provide for electrified DART trains between Dublin city and Drogheda and an improvement to the existing DART services between Dublin city and Howth/Malahide. The project will significantly increase the peak hourly capacity and frequency on the Northern route between Dublin city and Malahide, Howth and Drogheda.

It should be noted that an indicative service pattern is required to conduct modelling for the DART+ Coastal North project, to assess the potential level of benefits which will arise as a result of the project. The infrastructural changes proposed by DART+ Coastal North will permit both direct and shuttle services to operate from Howth. The implementation of a shuttle service is an operational matter, to be decided on in the future and implemented following the delivery of relevant infrastructure as part of the DART+ Coastl North project.

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

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