Written Answers. - Public Transport.

Thursday, 13 December 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 546 No. 5

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  91.  Mr. R. Bruton  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   asked the Minister for Public Enterprise  Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke   if she has carried out an economic evaluation of the impact of the public subsidy to Dublin Bus to establish its impact on efficiency, on patterns of switching to public transport, on standards of service on different routes and on the wider social benefits; the findings of the study; and if so, when it will be available in the Library. [32268/01]

Minister for Public Enterprise (Mrs. O'Rourke): Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  A comparative study of the levels of Government subvention in urban public transport in European cities was carried out last year on behalf of my Department by the department of economics, UCD. This report has been made available to the public and I have arranged for a copy to be placed in the Library. Arising from this report, my Department is currently engaged in the development of key performance indicators in respect of efficiency, effectiveness and quality of bus services provided by Dublin Bus.

Question No. 92 answered with Question No. 90.[1272]

  93.  Mr. R. Bruton  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   asked the Minister for Public Enterprise  Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke   the findings of the study which was commissioned on integrated ticketing in Dublin; and if she will lay the report in Library. [32270/01]

Minister for Public Enterprise (Mrs. O'Rourke): Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  A committee chaired by my Department and including representatives from CIE, Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, the light rail project team of CIE and the Dublin Transportation Office was established in late 1998 to prepare proposals for an integrated fares and ticketing system. These proposals were finalised and noted by the Government in November 2000. Copies of the report are available on my Department's website, www.irlgov.ie/tec. I am also arranging to forward the report to the Deputy.

Following the committee's report, my Department in early 2001 requested the light rail project office to develop an integrated ticketing project. In August 2001, an outline project plan was agreed with the LRPO which is proceeding with the work in that regard. The work of the LRPO will shortly be subsumed into the Railway Procurement Agency. The project plan is taking the project from design to launch incorporating procurement, installation, commissioning and roll out.

  94.  Mr. R. Bruton  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   asked the Minister for Public Enterprise  Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke   the final subvention to each of the CIE Group of companies following the recent Supplementary Estimate for which she obtained approval; and the projected total passenger numbers and passenger miles on each service. [32271/01]

  96.  Mr. R. Bruton  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   asked the Minister for Public Enterprise  Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke   the State subvention to Dublin Bus and the subvention per passenger for 1999, 2000 and projected for 2001. [32275/01]

Minister for Public Enterprise (Mrs. O'Rourke): Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  I propose to take Questions Nos. 94 and 96 together.

The allocation of the Exchequer subvention to the individual subsidiary companies is a matter for the CIE board. The subvention is paid to the CIE Group to meet the cost of providing socially necessary but commercially non-viable public transport services.

The subvention provided to the CIE Group of companies in respect of 2001 has been increased by an additional £16 million, 20 million, by way of a Supplementary Estimate. This brings the total for the year to £175.060 million, 222.28 million. The table sets out the allocation of the subvention on a company by company basis, the projected passenger numbers and the projected passenger miles-vehicle kilometres for each service where available:

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2001 £m m ProjectedPassengerNos. ProjectedVehiclekms
Iarnród Éireann 115.00 146.01 35m N/A
Bus Éireann 18.81 23.89 87m 82.3m
Bus Átha Cliath 41.25 52.38 195m 56.0m

The subvention allocation to Bus Átha Cliath for 1999, 2000 and 2001 and the subvention per passenger is as follows:

1999 2000 2001
Subvention £m 13.244 32.439 41.250
Subvention m 16.816 41.819 52.380
Subsidy per passenger £ 0.07 0.17 0.21*
Subsidy per passenger 0.09 0.22 0.26*

*The 2001 passenger subsidy figure is based on an estimate of passenger numbers.

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  95.  Mr. R. Bruton  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   asked the Minister for Public Enterprise  Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke   the average daily number of passengers on the DART, on suburban rail, and on Dublin Bus for each year since 1995; and the average daily morning peak number of passengers in these services over the same period. [32274/01]

  97.  Mr. R. Bruton  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   asked the Minister for Public Enterprise  Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke   the total number of buses and their passenger capacity in use in Dublin Bus in 1999, 2000 and 2001; and the total number of suburban rail carriages and their capacity in use in 1999, 2000 and 2001. [32276/01]

Minister for Public Enterprise (Mrs. O'Rourke): Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  I propose to answer Questions Nos. 95 and 97 together.

The statistics requested in relation to vehicles and passenger numbers, as provided by the companies, are set out below. Estimated figures are included for 2001.

Bus Átha Cliath

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000* 2001
Average daily number of passengers 508,000 510,000 516,000 527,000 530,000 531,000 536,000
Average daily morning peak passengers 91,000 92,000 93,000 100,000 101,000 101,000 102,000

Iarnród Éireann

Average daily number of passengers 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000* 2001
DART 68,717 69,712 75,582 74,203 75,687 76,927 80,000
Other Dublin Suburban 12,968 15,299 16,190 18,960 22,372 29,295 36,500

*Services were disrupted due to industrial disputes.

The figures in respect of average daily morning peak hour passenger numbers are not routinely collected by Iarnród Éireann and are therefore unavailable.

Vehicle Numbers 1999 2000 2001
DART 80 90 102
Other Suburban Services 74 84 94

Iarnród Éireann: Passenger Capacity

Passenger Capacity 1999 2000 2001
DART 14,000 15,750 17,340
Other Suburban Services 11,260 12,960 14,660

Bus Átha Cliath Vehicle Numbers and Passenger Capacity

1999 2000 2001
Number of Vehicles in Service 987 1,100 1,100
Passenger Carrying Capacity of Vehicles in Service 74,385 85,155 86,000

Question No. 96 answered with Question No. 94.

Question No. 97 answered with Question No. 95.


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