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Transport | Electrification Plan of rail lines in Co Kildare

To ask the Minister for Transport the extent to which plans for the electrification of the Dublin to Maynooth rail line are actively in hand when the project is likely to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

As Minister for Transport,  I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, which includes the DART+ Programme and the various projects therein.

In December of last year, the Government approved the DART+ programme in principle and gave specific approvals for the purchase of 95 additional electric and battery-electric rail carriages as part of DART+ Fleet and for a Railway Order application to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála by Iarnród Éireann in respect of DART+ West. I am pleased to inform the Deputies that a down payment was made for these new carriages at the end of last year, which are expected to enter service in 2025, while DART+ West was submitted to An Bord Pleanála on 29th July.

Noting the NTA’s responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputies’ questions to the NTA for a more detailed reply on the specific issues raised. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.

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