“Plans are at an advanced stage to bring the DART to Maynooth and we need to get an update on timeline to secure the DART to Celbridge. Both projects are included in the DART Expansion Programme and we need to ensure that these projects are given priority as we try and increase the capacity of our public transport network and as funds become available for Capital Projects.”
“Towns like Celbridge, Maynooth and Leixlip continue to expand; more people are working and commuting to Dublin daily. In a recent report from the National Transport Authority (NTA) , we have seen that the average daily traffic at the tolling point on the M50 was 18% higher in 2016 than in 2014. Journeys by car in the morning peak hour, take, on average, over 18% longer than just two years ago” stated Deputy O’Rourke.
“We need to increase our public transport capacity. The DART expansion programme to include the Kildare line to Hazelhatch and to Maynooth on the Maynooth Line, under two separate projects, is welcome; but we need to see progress on both lines. “
“Overall we are making incremental progress on improving our public transport; we are going to see improvements to the train services on the Kildare line in the Autumn, extra car parking spaces are to be provided at Naas/Sallins, plans are in place for Kilcock and Celbridge Park & Ride facilities, a fairer fare structure for Kilcock and Naas rail commuters is now in place, better bus services are either in place or planned, and plans are in place to provide an Orbital Bus Route linking Naas to Blanchardstown via Clane, Rathcoffey and Maynooth. I will continue to press for further improvements and hence, I want to get an update on the timeline for the DART expansion programme for both the Kildare and the Maynooth Rail Lines” concluded Deputy O’Rourke.