Thursday, 29 September 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
210. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has received an application under the smarter travel initiative for essential works in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if funding will be made available for the scheme. [26775/11]
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly): Bus and rail fares are a matter for the operating companies in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA). I have referred the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
211. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which he expects to be in a position to proceed with the various capital projects in the transport sector; if he expects funding to become available for these projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26793/11]
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Funding for transport capital projects for the period 2012-2016 will be determined in the context of the capital review currently underway. Once the level of funding available is known the transport investment programme will be finalised. A key priority will be to provide funds to protect existing investment and maintain safety standards. Following this priority will be given to projects and programmes which are affordable and provide value for money, contribute to economic recovery and transport objectives, including adding value to existing infrastructure and services.
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