Dáil Éireann - Volume 651 - 03 April, 2008

Written Answers. -

[132] Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Transport the amount of capital funding allocated to the Kildare route project in 2008. [12660/08]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey: A total of €90m has been allocated to Iarnród Éireann for expenditure arising in 2008 on this project.

Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Transport if he will ascertain from Iarnród Éireann, the position in respect of proposals to reopen the railway station at Thomastown, Killucan, County Westmeath, particularly in view of the very strong positive feasibility report which has recently been completed and in the context of a significant local campaign which is afoot to ensure that it is reopened and whereby there is a strong commitment from people from Killucan and the hinterland of Delvin, Kinnegad, Rochfortbridge, Coralstown, Raharney and so on, to utilise same if Iarnród Éireann positively consider the reopening of this station without further delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12679/08]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey: The location of stations on the rail network is an operational matter for Iarnród Éireann. I understand from the company that Westmeath and Meath County Councils have submitted to them the results of a feasibility study on the re-opening of a station at Killucan or Hill of the Down. I understand that Iarnród Éireann are currently considering this report and will respond in due course to the Councils.