212. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will address overcrowding issues on the Connolly to Maynooth rail service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18489/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Rail Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Transport Authority’s (NTA) Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area provides the overarching framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure and services for Dublin over the next two decades. 
The recently published National Development Plan (NDP), which was launched earlier this year by Government as part of Project Ireland 2040, also confirms investment in heavy rail, including DART Expansion...

1318. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the frequency of trains on the Maynooth to Connolly route will be increased in view of the number of large scale developments planned or under way in western areas of County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16416/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Rail Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.
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29. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the measures he will introduce to address the problem of overcrowding on the Maynooth to Connolly rail line at peak times for commuters; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7504/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Rail Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 29 and 74 together.
As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA).
The NTA’s Transport Strategy for the GDA 2016-2035 proposes implementation of the DART Expansion Programme.  The overall DART Expansion Programme has a key role to play in delivering an effi...

271. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the overcrowding issues on peak rail services on the Docklands M3 Parkway route will be addressed; if more carriages will be added to these peak services in order to address the problem of overcrowding; his views on whether this overcrowding will discourage persons from using public transport; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Docklands area is set for further development which will create greater demand for a high quality rail service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5018/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Rail Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.
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420. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to address the problem of overcrowding of rail carriages on the Dublin Connolly to Maynooth line; if this issue will be considered as part of the timetable revision by Irish Rail due in early 2018; if consideration will be given to an additional peak-time service starting from Clonsilla train station at which there is a third platform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52593/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Rail Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The issues raised are matters for the National Transport Authority (NTA), in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann, and I have referred the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.
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265. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to increase rail services along the Maynooth-Connolly line at peak commuter times; his further plans to increase the number of carriages on rail services on this line to prevent overcrowding; if he will ensure rail services are delivering for commuters and are an attractive mode of transport for commuters; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7467/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Rail Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The issue raised is an operational matter for Iarnród Éireann in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.
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181. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the electrification of the rail system for the Maynooth line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33138/16 asked on 03 Nov 2016 - Rail Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​​The National Transport Authority’s Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) for the period 2016 - 2035, which was approved and published earlier this year, proposes implementation of the DART Expansion Programme which will provide DART services as far north as Drogheda, to Hazelhatch on the Kildare Line, and to Maynooth in the west and to the M3 Parkway.
Funding for some elements of the DART Expansion Programme is inclu...

579. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the measures he will introduce to address overcrowding on train carriages on the Dublin to Maynooth line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15305/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Rail Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Irish Rail and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.
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