13. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding that is being provided by the National Transport Authority for the expansion of Dublin Bikes this year and in follow on years; if he will be supporting the further expansion of the scheme; if he will be in a position to ensure this is implemented quickly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57255/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012)
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly) (Deputy Alan Kelly): This question is about the expansion of the Dublin Bikes scheme. Currently, I understand that the National Transport Authority is working with Dublin City Council to enable the first phase of this expansion to progress. I am informed that this phase is focussed on expanding the scheme eastwards into the Docklands and westwards to Heuston Station. Discussions are on-going at present with the operator of the current scheme in relation to this phase of expansion and I understand that it is hoped that a suitable arrangement can be concluded early next year, following which the expansion works would then be undertaken. Regarding specific funding being made available by the 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 10 working days.