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Transport | Transport Infrastructure realignment for DART+ Programme in Co Kildare

To ask the Minister for Transport if he will ensure that realignment of roads and bridges in the context of the extension and electrification of rail services throughout north County Kildare does not involve disadvantaging local communities and that road and bridge realignments outstanding for many years are satisfactorily dealt with in the course of the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

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Iarnród Éireann has developed the design of the elements of the DART+ Programme. Where there are interventions required to existing roads and bridges, Iarnród Éireann consult with the relevant road authorities to understand their requirements in the development of the design. In developing the options for intervention Iarnród Éireann considers all options and undertakes detailed multicriteria analysis which consider a range of impacts including potential impacts on existing users and local communities. The options selection process form the basis of the various public consultations and subsequently feeds into the development of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report which forms part of the submission of the railway order to An Bord Pleanála. In this raged the designs must assess the impact, if any, of the proposed interventions and identify any mitigations to reduce the negative
effects of same.

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