To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will revise his plans for public transport infrastructure to serve Swords and North Dublin more generally, given that a LUAS line or Bus Rapid Transit service falls short of adequately serving this area.
– Clare Daly.
* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 22nd September, 2015.
Ref No: 31935/15
Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe.
Decisions in relation to public transport infrastructure to serve the Swords / North Dublin corridor will be announced shortly in the context of the Government’s new Capital Plan, which will include a major programme of transport investment for the coming years. In particular, the Plan will set out a comprehensive response to the public transport needs of the Greater Dublin Area, based on the updated analysis carried out by the National Transport Authority over the past year or so, including the North Dublin Transport Study.
It is imperative that we invest in our transport system to ensure that we can meet growing demand and tackle congestion to support economic growth. It is also important that in planning our investment strategy, we plan appropriately so that areas which will see major development and population growth in the future such as Fingal will be properly served by public transport. I am confident that the new Capital Plan will provide the investment required to meet these objectives.