Ross satisfied with progress in Europort
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross said he is satisfied that Iarnród Eireann is effectively managing operations at Rosslare Europort where a new Border Inspection Post is now ready for use.
In a reply to a parliamentary question tabled by newly-elected Fianna Fail TD, Malcolm Byrne, Minister Ross said the port is focusing on future development, targeting growth and new business opportunities and has received the approval of the Iarnród Éireann Board for a strategic plan to grow its business.
Deputy Byrne had asked the Minister to outline what measures he is taking or intends to undertake to develop Rosslare Europort in order to attract increased freight and passenger traffic.
Deputy Ross said his Department was briefed on the strategic development of the port, including investment plans for up to €25 million in customer facilities and port infrastructure, port assets and new technology.
'Iarnród Éireann has said it will seek to commence securing planning permission in the first half of 2020 and, subject to planning approval, will commence a phased construction of the masterplan'.
'It has also commenced a digitalisation project for the port, which will see investment in all aspects of IT technology', he said.
Minister Ross told Deputy Byrne that the port is also engaging with a number of potential new shipping customers to supplement existing operators and offer greater choice to freight and passenger business.
On the subject of Brexit, the Minister said Rosslare Europort continues to work closely with his Department and other Government offices to prepare for additional border controls.
'My Department is advised by Iarnród Éireann that the Border Inspection Post is now ready for operation.'
'I understand also that Rosslare Europort is actively seeking opportunities arising from Brexit to expand shipping services from the port to continental EU ports.'
In relation to road infrastructure, he said the Department has been advised by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) that technical advisors have been appointed to progress planning, design and appraisal work on the Oylegate to Rosslare scheme under the National Development Plan, following the recent opening of Enniscorthy by-pass road.