Solution to South West Dublin’s worsening traffic may be on the way

by Padraig Conlon

A solution to South West Dublin’s ever worsening traffic congestion could finally be on the way.

This is after the council voted on Monday to support a Green Party submission proposing the separation of the MetroLink from the Luas Green Line at Charlemont to serve new stations in Rathfarnham, Knocklyon, Terenure and Rathmines.

The current proposed route involves upgrading the Green line to metro standard from the Charlemont stop, north of Ranelagh to Sandyford.

The motion passed with the unanimous support of the council who will now issue a letter to the Minister for Transport Shane Ross outlining the proposal.

Speaking following the vote, Green Party councillor Francis Noel Duffy said:

“I’m delighted that South Dublin County Council has supported the proposal to extend the Metrolink to serve South-West Dublin and help alleviate decades-long gridlock.

“This transport corridor in South West Dublin is one of the worst public transport blackspots in our city with no other easy solutions in sight.

“Taking this option would also remove the need to fully segregate the Luas Green Line, where there is real concern about restrictions to local access around existing stations.

“If Dublin and Ireland see’s itself standing alongside its international counterparts, a modern accessible city rail infrastructure is needed.

“We believe our proposal offers that.”

Meanwhile, the chief executive of Fingal County Council Paul Reid said construction of the northside route of the MetroLink must not be delayed by any “issues” with the southside section.

He made the comments in his chief executive’s report to the council on Monday.

“We’ve been waiting quite a long time for the deployment of MetroLink and any issues that have emerged would give us grave concern that the full deployment of MetroLink as committed by the year 2027 wouldn’t happen,” he said.

“We’re urgently calling, if there are any emerging issues in terms of the southern aspect of the line that we would immediately progress the design and implementation of the northern aspect of the line.

“If needs be, the project should be divided into two phases, north and south, with preference given to the northern phase to ensure it is completed on schedule in 2027,” he said

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