Written Answers - Public Transport.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 671 No. 2

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  187.  Deputy Joanna Tuffy  Information on Joanna Tuffy  Zoom on Joanna Tuffy   asked the Minister for Transport  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   the amount of funding from his Department to Dublin Bus per year for the past ten years; the number of buses that were provided under this funding per year for the past ten years; the number of buses that were promised under the current and previous national development plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47457/08]

Minister for Transport (Deputy Noel Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Since 1997 Dublin Bus has purchased 1,295 new buses. 718 of these buses were funded, partially and/or fully, by the Exchequer. Details of this funding are set out in the following table:

Year Amount of Funding Fully funded or partially funded bus purchases
€m
1999 27.11 150
2000 16.82 118
2001 11.74 45
2002 14.79 53
2003 32*
2004
2005 5.25 20
2006 24.56 100
2007 21.34 100
2008 17.73 100
Total 139.34 718

The 2000-2006 NDP, through the economic and Social Infrastructure Operational Programme, envisaged a 28% increase in the capacity of the Dublin Bus Fleet. The capacity (seated and standing) of the fleet has increased by over 30% over the period 2000-2008. The current NDP provides, through Transport 21, for a significant expansion in bus services in the Greater Dublin Area. Over the period 2006-2008 grants totalling €62 m have been paid to Dublin Bus towards the cost of 100 additional and 200 replacement buses. The position regarding the funding of further additional buses will be reviewed in light of the outcome of the cost and efficiency review currently being finalised.


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