Dáil Éireann - Volume 683 - 26 May, 2009

Written Answers. - Light Rail Project.

Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Transport if he will report on Metro North; when infrastructural works will commence for Metro North; if he will confirm that there have [529] been no changes to the route or underground nature of the service provided in the long-standing Metro North plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21267/09]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey:Good progress continues to be made on the Metro North Project. The first round of tenders for the Public Private Partnership contract were submitted to the Railway Procurement (RPA) on 27th February 2009 and those tenders are being evaluated by the RPA.

The Oral Hearing before An Bórd Pleanála on the railway order application for Metro North commenced on the 1st of April. No enabling works on the project can take place unless and until the RPA secure an enforceable railway order which is expected towards the end of this year.

There have been no changes made to the draft railway order, including the proposed route and underground sections, as submitted by the RPA to An Bord Pleanála.