Dáil Éireann - Volume 683 - 26 May, 2009

Written Answers. - Light Rail Projects.

Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Transport the estimated commencement and completion dates for Metro West, LUAS line BX and D, and the Dublin rail interconnector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21270/09]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey:The start and completion dates for projects which are yet to commence construction, including Metro West, Luas Line BXD, and the DART Underground, will be determined as appropriate by the outcome of public consultation, the statutory planning approval process, the public procurement process and the funding available during the current difficult economic climate.

The provision of increased capacity will be a key consideration in determining public transport investment priorities in the period ahead. In that context, the DART Underground and Metro North, are particularly important rail investments as they form a core part of the planned integrated public transport network for the Greater Dublin Area envisaged by Transport 21.