64. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide the timeframe on the delivery and implementation of the promised stakeholder forum for transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49344/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 64 together.
The Deputies will be aware that Iarnród Éireann workers are currently balloting on the recent Labour Court Recommendation and I do not wish to interfere in any way in that process. However, I would like to assure the Deputies that I look forward and remain committed to holding a dialogue with public transport stakeholders at an appropriate time and I hope that this can be shortly....

35. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress which has been made towards the establishment of a public transport stakeholder dialogue as per the Labour Court recommendation arising from the Bus Éireann dispute; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29982/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The Deputy is aware that I am committed to a dialogue with all public transport stakeholders in order to advance the commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government to start a review of public transport policy.
I believe that this broad dialogue will allow for all stakeholders, including trade unions, a chance to inform the development of public transport policy in Ireland.  I look forward to that dialogue and the participa...

609. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of times he has met Transport Infrastructure Ireland to discuss the metro north project since he became Minister; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29719/16 asked on 11 Oct 2016 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​I had a meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) on 8th August 2016 to discuss a range of issues under their remit, including new Metro North.
TII and the National Transport Authority (NTA) have commenced preparatory work on planning and design of new Metro North and a dedicated project Steering Group which has been established for this purpose is meeting on a regular basis.  ​Funding has been made available under the Gov...

610. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the new metro north project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29720/16 asked on 11 Oct 2016 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​Funding has been made available under the Government’s Capital Plan “Building on Recovery Infrastructure & Capital Investment 2016-2021” for planning, design and construction of new Metro North, with construction expected to commence in 2021 with a view to delivering the project by 2026/2027. The Programme for Partnership Government commits to proceeding with the New Metro North project. It is estimated that the project will cost i...

778. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has read the pre-budget submission from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce; his views on its recommendations that a minimum €1 billion extra is invested in public transport over the next four years; that in 2017 as many productive infrastructure projects as possible should be progressed and projects such as metro north and DART underground accelerated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23428/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​I am aware of Dublin Chamber’s pre-Budget submission which my Department has received.
The allocation of capital funding for public transport under the Government’s Capital Plan “Building on Recovery Infrastructure & Capital Investment 2016-2021” is €3.6 billion.  This was framed within the context of Government fiscal policy and the range of competing demands for Government expenditure, and while it means that not all desirable pro...

787. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has been briefed by Dublin City Council regarding its plans to fast-track the construction of a €30 million bridge linking Dublin’s south docks with the planned new urban quarter on the Poolbeg peninsula; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23437/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the development of public transport infrastructure projects in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA).
I understand that the proposed bridge linking the South Docks with Poolbeg Peninsula forms part of the Docklands Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) planning scheme. It is also proposed under the Dublin City Centre Transport Study jointly prepared by Dublin City Council an...

621. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to extend the DART line to Donabate, County Dublin; if any costings have been done towards this goal; the long-term plans for extending the DART to Balbriggan, north County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14789/14 asked on 01 Apr 2014 - Public Transport Initiatives)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The extension of the DART to Balbriggan forms part of the overall DART Underground project which was postponed in 2011.   Due to financial constraints, the Government’s current capital plan to 2016 did not provide for the DART Underground which was planned as a PPP but with a very significant level of Exchequer support. 
DART Underground remains a  key element of the overall public transport integration strategy and  would deliver ...