Dáil Éireann - Volume 491 - 03 June, 1998

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

49. Mr. Higgins (Mayo) asked the Minister for Public Enterprise if her Department has made a submission to the EU in relation to funding for the period 2000-04 for the Athlone to Westport to Ballina rail link. [12699/98]

Minister for Public Enterprise (Mrs. O'Rourke): While no formal submissions have yet been made to the EU in relation to the next round of funding preliminary work has been ongoing for some time. As part of this process, CIE has recently submitted a review of mainline rail investment needs to my Department in the context of securing EU or other funding in the post 1999 period. This includes investment proposals for the Athlone to Westport and Ballina [1236] lines. Further work, including an economic and financial evaluation, is being carried out.