Dáil Éireann - Volume 653 - 08 May, 2008
Written Answers. - Rail Services.
Deputy Joanna Tuffy Deputy Joanna Tuffy
Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Transport his views on the introduction of a rail freight subsidy on a per tonne basis for materials that are transferred from existing road freight onto rail freight; if not, the measures he is considering to increase rail freight within the transport system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17343/08]
Deputy Noel Dempsey Deputy Noel Dempsey
Deputy Noel Dempsey: There is substantial ongoing current and capital Exchequer investment in the development and operation of the railway network. Total Exchequer funding allocated to Iarnród Éireann for 2008 amounts to more than €720 million and is targeted at passenger services. The potential to expand rail freight is being considered as part of the development of the Sustainable Travel and Transport Action Plan.
Dáil Éireann 653 Written Answers. Rail Services.