Written Answers - Light Rail Projects.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 673 No. 3

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  189.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Transport  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   the progress being made in relation to connecting the two Luas lines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3763/09]

Minister for Transport (Deputy Noel Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Last year, I mandated the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) to proceed with planning the delivery of Luas Line BX/D based on the Agency’s preferred route for Line BX (St. Stephen’s Green to City Centre) and the use of the old Broadstone railway alignment for Line D (City Centre to Liffey Junction/Broombridge).

It will not be possible to fully construct Luas Line BX at the same time as construction of Metro North because of the traffic management implications that would arise in the city centre. The RPA is developing a construction strategy for Luas Line BX, in close co-operation with Dublin City Council, which includes use of Metro North construction sites and recognises the traffic management requirements of the city centre. The RPA is engaging with Dublin City Council on the basis of the contemporaneous delivery of Lines BX and D.

I understand from the RPA that, following public consultation, the preferred route option for Line D has also been identified.

The RPA is now progressing to the detailed design phase and commencing the EIS with a view to making a single railway order application for the combined Line BX/D to An Bord Pleanála in the latter part of this year.

The start and completion dates of LUAS line BX/D will be determined by the outcome of work being undertaken by Dublin City Council and the RPA in developing a construction strategy, the outcome of the statutory approval and procurement processes and the funding allocation available to my Department during the current difficult economic climate.

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