147. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to develop improved bus services for persons using the bus to access Connolly hospital and St. Francis Hospice in Dublin 15; his further plans to ensure buses serve the hospital on a more frequent basis and collect and drop off persons closer to the entrance to Connolly hospital; if real time bus displays and a bus shelter will be installed at the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19209/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Bus Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The issue raised is a matter for 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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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...

213. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will address excessive noise from traffic affecting residents living near the M50; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18490/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Noise Pollution)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and operation of individual roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  
Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy’s question to TII for direct reply.  Please advise...

220. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the planned train station in the Ashington and Pelletstown areas of Dublin 7; the precise location for the station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17052/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Rail Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, work commenced last year to complete a detailed design and prepare tender documents for a new train station at Pelletstown which is located approximately mid-way between Broombridge and Ashtown railway stations. 
In light of the National Transport Authority’s statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, I have forwarded the Deputy’s qu...

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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1319. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a more direct bus route to connect western areas of County Dublin and the south side of Dublin city centre will be deployed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16417/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Bus Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with the relevant transport operator 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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245. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if upgrade works will be carried out along a stretch of the Royal Canal cycleway and walkway between Laurel Lodge and the bridge at Porterstown, which is in a poor state of repair; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14326/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Cycling Facilities Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As  the Deputy is aware, as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public and sustainable transport. In Budget 2018 I have secured over €110 million which is being allocated to develop cycling and walking infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, and in the cities of Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford over the period 2018-2021.  This programme will provide saf...

519. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that decibel levels are above allowable limits at areas beside the M50 at Castleknock; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that no mitigating measures were installed to reduce noise in his regard; the way in which he plans to address this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13728/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Noise Pollution)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects  is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.
Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy’s question to TII for direct reply. ...

534. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that no buses serve the IFSC area from Dublin 15; if new bus routes serving the IFSC area from Dublin 15 will be introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13990/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Bus Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.  The National Transport Authority (NTA) is the statutory body with responsibility for overseeing the delivery of bus services 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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259. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to anti-social behaviour along the Royal Canal path between the Luas stop at Broombridge and Ashtown; the measures he will introduce to make this area safer for patrons using the path to access the Luas stop; if CCTV cameras will be installed in the area to make it safer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13431/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Anti-Social Behaviour)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Anti-social behaviour in a public space accessing a Luas stop is first and foremost a matter for An Garda Síochána in conjunction with Transdev as the Luas operator, as appropriate.
The Deputy is aware that Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has statutory resposibilites in relation to the oversight of contractual matters relating to Luas and I have therefore forwarded the Deputy’s question to TII for direct reply.  
Please advise...

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...

81. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of plans to electrify the Maynooth to Connolly rail line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7505/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Rail Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, the NTA’s Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035 which provides a framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure and services in the GDA over the next two decades, proposes implementation of the DART Expansion Programme.  
In line with the Government’s budgetary framework set out in Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021 published in Septemb...

573. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 553 of 6 February 2018, his plans to introduce more school-friendly timetables for the school-going population; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7070/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - School Transport 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 the transport operator 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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538. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to introduce a regular shuttle bus service to operate between Broombridge Luas station and the Dublin west area in order that persons in the area can use the new Luas service; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that many persons in the area are unable to benefit from the new Luas extension to Broombridge in view of the fact there are no public transport services serving Broombridge Luas stop; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that more persons from the area would use the Luas if there was a suitable public transport service to bring them to the Broombridge Luas stop; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5624/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Light Rail Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The issue raised is a matter for 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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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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271. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the consideration that has been given to ensuring a Dublin Bus route (details supplied) will not be adversely affected when the new Luas trams are rolled out as part of the Luas Cross City and Green Line extension; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4670/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Public Transport Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The issue raised is a matter for 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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1353. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of plans to implement the European Commission proposal COM 2017/276 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1700/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Motor Tax)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): European Commission proposal COM (2017) 276 relates only to vehicle taxation on heavy goods vehicles and does not apply to passenger cars.   The proposal is to amend EU Directive 1999/62/EC which provides the legal framework for the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain roads and which also sets minimum rates for the vehicle taxes applied by Member States to heavy goods vehicles.   COM/2017/276 relates solely to the...

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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451. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to switch the designated cycling lane and pedestrian lanes in the Phoenix Park following recommendations by the Coroner’s Court (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53104/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Road Safety)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, the Phoenix Park is under the management of the Office of Public Works. Accordingly, I am forwarding the Deputy’s question to the OPW for direct response to you. If you have not received a further reply within 10 working days please contact my office. 
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200. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to improve infrastructure for cyclists using the route from Ashtown, Dublin 15 into the city centre in which widening work and appropriate separation of walking and cycling tracks is required; his further plans to install lighting along this route; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51307/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Cycling Facilities Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I am pleased to inform the Deputy that I have secured funding of €116m in Budget 2018 for the development of cycling and walking infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area and Regional Cites over the next four years, 2018-2021. It is envisaged that the progression of infrastructure such as the Royal Canal route will be progressed under this funding stream. I am aware that the Royal Canal route has significant potential as a transport ...

201. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way in which cycling infrastructure will be improved from the new Luas stop at Broombridge to the city centre; the way in which the use of canal, coastal and river routes will be used to tackle congestion on roads in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51308/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Cycling Facilities Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. However, I am not involved in the day-to-day operation of transport facilities, including the building and maintenance of cycling infrastructure.  
The National Transport Authority (NTA) is responsible for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure in ...

556. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will address issues regarding the disjointed nature of the bus lane along the N3, where at almost all junctions the bus must move out of the bus lane into traffic and then move back into the bus lane; if he will ensure buses can move more efficiently along the N3 without impediment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50332/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Bus Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects  is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a ma...

202. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some taxi drivers have seen their motor insurance premiums rise by 130% over the past two years; his views on the reason this is happening; the position regarding work by his Department to bring down motor insurance premiums for all drivers and particularly for taxi drivers and other professional drivers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49541/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Motor Insurance Costs)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The increased premium costs of motor insurance for all drivers in recent years is certainly cause for concern. It is clear that this, particularly in the couple of years up to 2016, has also affected those working within the Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV) industry. While I am informed that there some early signs that this trend is beginning to revert, with recent CSO figures showing that motor premiums generally were 14% lower ...

203. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to electrify the Connolly to Maynooth rail line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48495/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Rail Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): In line with the Government’s budgetary framework set out in Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021 published in September 2015, the Government’s recently announced Budget 2018 provides for an increase in the multi-annual capital investment for public transport with a four-year capital envelope of €2.7 billion over the period 2018-2021. 
This includes funding in the region of €230 million for mainline r...

204. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the promised upgrade of the lighting and pathway along the Royal Canal path between Ashtown and Broombridge; if the budget for these works has been given to Luas cross city works; if this work will be undertaken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48496/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Cycling Facilities Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Transport Authority (NTA) is responsible for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA).
Under the Sustainable Transport Measures Grants (STMG) Programme, my Department provides funding to the NTA for the seven local authorities in the GDA for the implementation of sustainable transport projects including cycling/walking infrastructure....