Railway Junction at Kilshane.
To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will ensure that upgrade works will be carried out at Railway Junction XL083 at Kilshane, County Tipperary to improve the safety of road and rail users and to allow for the safer passage of machinery and traffic; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Mattie McGrath.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 3rd July, 2012.
Answered by the Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport
The question relates to railway safety.
Matters relating to upgrading works at individual level crossings on the rail network are operational day to day matters for Iarnród Éireann.
My Department is fully aware of the importance of railway safety and continues to provide substantial Exchequer investment in railway safety despite the significant financial challenges. The overall investment in railway safety is in excess of €1.5 billion since 1999 when the Railway Safety Programme commenced. Investment in Railway Safety in this year alone will be approximately €100m. It is a matter for Iarnrod Eireann to prioritise the use of these funds based on appropriate risk assessments.
However, I understand from Iarnród Éireann that the safety risks at Railway Level Crossing XL083 at Kilshane in South Tipperary do not currently provide a level of intolerable risk to its users. I also understand that there are regular discussions between Iarnrod Eireann and local users in relation to any safety concerns that may arise and I will ensure that this will continue.
In relation to the Level Crossing at Kilshane, and the operation of railway services to Limerick through this area, Iarnród Éireann has emphasised to me that the safety of its customers, staff and those who interface with the railway, including level crossing users, is of paramount importance and they will continue to monitor the situation.