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Transport | Public consultation on rail and bus routes and changes

To ask the Minister for Transport if he is satisfied that sufficient action was taken following concerns by the public during the various interactions in respect of existing or proposed bus or rail routes; if changes took place as a result of submissions; the extent of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

As part of the development of the DART+ programme Iarnród Éireann has held a number of nonstatutory public consultation events which set out the options for improving the infrastructure on the existing Dublin Commuter Lines to facilitate increases in frequency of train services. As part of these consultations any feedback received informed the development of the preferred option which will ultimately be submitted to An Bord Pleanála to seek planning permission known as a Railway order. The NTA is satisfied that the options selected by Iarnród Éireann has sought to address the concerns raised during these public consultation processes. The planning of the rail services associated with these projects will be undertaken at a later date in the project development, prior to the services coming into operation.
It should be noted that Iarnród Éireann are currently undertaking a review of the rail timetable and a public consultation has been held on proposed changes to routes to improve rail services. The responses to this consultation are still being considered.

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