65. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if elements of the MetroLink project such as the provision of park and ride areas in Swords will be fast tracked separately from the railway order in order to help ease the immediate crisis of traffic into Dublin city centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17766/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Rail Network Expansion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 45, 62 and 65 together.
As the Deputies are already aware the recently published National Development Plan (NDP), which was launched earlier this year by Government as part of Project Ireland 2040, brings together the Metro North and Metro South projects, as envisaged by the NTA’s GDA Strategy, into one project called MetroLink.
MetroLink will provide Dublin with a high capacity, high frequency cross-...

27. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the proposed DART extension to Balbriggan; the timeframes for this; the plans for 2018 to advance this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7511/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Rail Network Expansion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Transport Authority’s (NTA) “Transport Strategy for the GDA 2016-2035” proposes implementation of the overall DART Expansion Programme.  As the Deputy may be aware, the Government’s budgetary framework for capital investment, “Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021”, which was reviewed last year in the context of the Mid-Term Review of Capital priorities, delivery and funding, provided fund...

76. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when public consultation will begin for the new metro north; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7544/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Rail Network Expansion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54, 76 and 88 together.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsiblity for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) including new Metro North.
Funding of over €700 million has been allocated under the Government’s present Capital Plan 2016-2021 for planning, design and beginning construction of ...

774. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the measures that have been undertaken by his Department to plan for work on the DART underground tunnel given his recent comments to an Oireachtas committee on tackling congestion in Dublin; if he has requested his Department to apply for any EU funding streams to accelerate work on the DART underground tunnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23424/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Rail Network Expansion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 774, 827, 828 and 830 together.
The estimated cost of the overall DART expansion programme is €4bn of which the tunnel element, as originally designed, was to cost €3bn.  As the Deputy will be aware, the business case for the DART underground was reviewed in 2015 which included a cost benefit analysis and the National Transport Authority (NTA) recommended that the project be redesigned to provide a lo...

783. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way in which he is progressing the programme for Government commitment to an independent costing and review of a proposal to extend the western rail corridor by linking Athenry and Claremorris; when it will take place and the amount this review will cost; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23433/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Rail Network Expansion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​I refer the Deputy to my answer to Question No. 72 on 19 July 2016.
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