For Written Answer on : 21/04/2021
Question Number(s): 392,393 Question Reference(s): 19652/21, 19658/21
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Transport when he expects work to commence on the dual track railway line to Midleton; when he envisages this project to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
To ask the Minister for Transport the proposed locations of new railway stations on the Mallow to Midleton rail line, County Cork; when each of these stations will be operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
As the Deputy may be aware, the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMTAS) sets out an ambitious programme of proposed investment in the Cork rail network which will greatly benefit the growth of the city region in the coming years and, I believe, allow it grow in a sustainable and compact manner.
CMATS is available to view online and sets out, at a high-level, the scope of the programme and indicates where new stations will be located along the Mallow to Midleton corridor, obviously exact locations will be subject to further analysis. The National Transport Authority (NTA) is working with Iarnród Éireann to develop an implementation strategy on the CMATS’ proposals and – together with the forthcoming revision of the National Development Plan – this will be central to the way in which the public transport development envisaged by CMATS will be brought into effect over the coming years.
The Deputy may also be interested to note that my Department is currently engaging with colleagues across Government in relation to the preparation of Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan, as I am eager to explore potential opportunities that may exist to access EU funding to assist with implementation of aspects of the CMATS’ rail proposals.