Dáil Éireann - Volume 625 - 10 October, 2006

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Transport if Iarnród Éireann has received further submissions from groups in Mullingar, Moate and Athlone, seeking the re-opening of the railway line between Mullingar, Moate and Athlone; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that this would be important in the context of the Westport link and in particular in view of the fact that Mullingar and Athlone are important gateway towns of the National Spatial Strategy; if he will take steps to ensure that the re-opening of this line is progressed by the Cabinet Sub-Committee, which are examining public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31803/06]

  Mr. Cullen: I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 1113 of 27th September, 2006 regarding this matter. The position remains the same as I outlined in that reply.

Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Transport if he has received further reports in relation to the re-opening of Killucan Railway Station; if steps have been taken to include same in the new ten year transport plan; if his Department will [326] assist both the local community group who are seeking to have same re-opened and Westmeath County Council, who have signalled the importance of the re-opening of this station by including it in the county development plan; if this objective will be progressed without further delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31804/06]

  Mr. Cullen: The location of stations on the rail network is a matter for Iarnród Éireann. I understand from Iarnród Éireann that Westmeath County Council and Meath County Council have jointly engaged a consultant to look at options for another station between Enfield and Mullingar. Killucan is one of the locations being considered. Iarnród Éireann has advised me that it will co-operate with the study and consider its findings when completed.