Written Answers - Public Transport.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 698 No. 5

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  160.  Deputy Thomas P. Broughan  Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan   asked the Minister for Transport  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   if he will report on the capital provision for public transport investment in budget 2010; the Transport 21 infrastructure projects that have no funding allocation for 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48000/09]

Minister for Transport (Deputy Noel Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  The capital provision for public transport investment in 2010 is €625 million. This will see the completion of a number of important projects such as:

Western Rail Corridor Phase 1;

Luas extension to Cherrywood;

Kildare Rail Project;

Navan Rail Line Phase 1.

Construction work will continue in 2010 on the Luas extension to Citywest, which is on target for completion in 2011.

In keeping with the commitment in the Renewed Programme for Government, priority is being given to the delivery of Metro North and the DART Underground Programme and the required funding will be provided to advance these projects in 2010. In addition, planning and design work will continue on all other Transport 21 public transport projects with a view to the earliest possible delivery as financial resources become available. Funding is also being provided for a number of important public transport programmes, including railway safety, accessibility, integrated ticketing, traffic management/bus priority and Real Time Passenger Information.

On national roads, the Major Inter Urban network will be fully completed by end 2010, with the following schemes opening to traffic:

[1177]N7 Nenagh — Limerick;

N7 Limerick Tunnel;

M7 Castletown — Nenagh;

M7/M8 Portlaoise — Cullahill/Castletown;

N9 Waterford — Knocktopher;

N9 Carlow — Knocktopher Motorway service areas (Tranche 1).

In addition, the M3, Clonee to North of Kells, scheme will complete in 2010 as will the M50 Upgrade. Construction will continue on the N18 Gort to Crusheen, an important element of the Atlantic Road Corridor, and on the N21 Castleisland Bypass. The National Roads Authority are also preparing a number of new projects for delivery by public private partnership, principally on the Atlantic Road Corridor and the N11 route. These will move through procurement during 2010 and some will commence construction in early 2011.

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