Dáil Éireann - Volume 663 - 14 October, 2008
Written Answers. - Rail Services.
Deputy Seán Fleming Deputy Seán Fleming
Deputy Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Transport the most recent talks he has had with his northern counterpart on developing the direct train service (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34463/08]
Deputy Noel Dempsey Deputy Noel Dempsey
Deputy Noel Dempsey: The upgrading and extension of the mainline railway system is a matter for consideration by Irish Rail in the first instance. I understand from Irish Rail that it has no plans to develop a direct rail line from Dublin to Derry and such a proposal does not form part of Transport 21.
Currently rail services to Derry are available via Belfast. The upgrading of Belfast-Derry rail services is a matter for the Authorities in Northern Ireland. However I understand that this service is being considered by the Northern Ireland authorities in the context of overall plans for the development of Northern Ireland’s railways.
Dáil Éireann 663 Written Answers. Rail Services.