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Written Answers. - Rail Services.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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 391. Mr. Sargent Information on Trevor Sargent Zoom on Trevor Sargent  asked the Minister for Transport Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan  the extent to which he supports the policy of bike and ride in relation to rail travel; the financial support and bicycle parking facilities, both covered and secured which will be required from Iarnród Éireann; and the timeframe for this policy. [23605/02]

Minister for Transport (Mr. Brennan): Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan I fully support bike and ride initiatives in the public transport arena, which makes it easier for a prospective user of such services.

A range of initiatives have been taken by Iarnród Éireann in recent years to support the development of bike and ride. These include: the development of cycle parks – these are lock-up storerooms for bicycles where the cyclist pays a deposit for a key to the lock-up – there are seven stations to date which can offer this facility in the Dublin area; and the provision of cycle racks which cyclists can use to store bicycles while they commute the rest of their journey by rail. I have been advised that this service is available at 15 stations in the Dublin area. In addition, as part of the financial support provided for the redevelopment programme at Heuston Station, there will be a facility for 250 bicycles utilising stanley racks in a secure location within the car park, monitored by CCTV. The company further informs me that, as refurbishment of stations takes place throughout the country, it is its policy that provision will be made for the parking of bicycles as a matter of course.

While Irish Rail do not have figures for the precise cost of providing bicycle facilities as part of their general development programmes, I am advised that the Dublin Transportation Office has provided grants to Local Authorities on the DART route for cycling facilities from time to time. In this connection, €516,000 and €38,200 has been provided to Fingal County Council and Dún Laoghaire County Council respectively for cycle links to the DART and €35,000 and €9,500 to Fin[290] gal County Council and Bray Urban District Council respectively for cycle parking facilities. There has also been investment made by the DTO into a bus and cycle initiative at Howth Junction to the value of €200,000 this year. There are also hopes to extend the park and ride cycle facility like the one currently in operation in Bray to the rest of the line.

Question No. 392 answered with Question No. 136.

Question No. 393 answered with Question No. 74.

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