Minister Ross sets aside funds to bring the Dart to Kildare among numerous projects for the county

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Minister Ross sets aside funds to bring the Dart to Kildare among numerous projects for the county
8:20 Thursday 12th of October 2017

Tansport Minister Shane Ross has announced that more than €680 million will be put aside and spent on the improvement of the rail networks in Ireland between now and 2021.

The Dublin TD, who was giving his Budget 2018 speech, outlined the government's commitment to improve the rail network in Ireland, and he highlighted a couple of Kildare projects that will be funded by the increase in resources.

The electrification of the Maynooth rail line and the Kildare to Hazelhatch line will be focused on, meaning the Dart could be coming to the county in the next number of years.

"Additional funding will also increase the rail fleet and allow further progress to be made on the electrification of both the Northern rail line to Balbriggan and the Maynooth line," said Minister Ross.

"Further funding commitments for electrification of the Kildare line to Hazelhatch as part of Dart Expansion will be considered in the context of the 10 year capital plan.

"We are continuing to invest strongly in maintenance and safety projects to keep our national railway system safe and effective."

Minister Ross also highlighted some road network projects that will be funded through continued investment, mentioning two in particular that will be beneficial to commuters from Kildare.

"I will be providing additional funding for managing and enhancing capacity on the M 50 and the M 11 and in addition there are a number of projects to be decided which will relieve bottlenecks and improve access to regional locations, thus helping to deliver jobs into the regions," he said.

"In addition to investment in necessary road strengthening and maintenance works, there will be new national road projects, as well as the M7 Naas Bypass widening and in 2019 work will start on the Dunkettle Interchange in Cork and on the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin Road in County Sligo."

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