METRO North is back on track with a route for the light-rail network set to be finalised before the end of the year.
A steering group has held several meetings and the project – which will connect Swords to the airport and the city centre – will go to public consultation in 2018.
This puts plans for the transport hub back on schedule for a 2026/2027 completion date and will pave the way for Swords’ population to grow to 100,000 people.
The National Transport Authority is considering station locations and metro alignments in conjunction with Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
Fingal Chamber spokesman Tony Lambert told The Gazette: “This is great news and if possible we would like to see it come in on an even faster timescale.”
Fingal County Council will host an information session on May 8, entitled Fingal on Track: Preparing for Metro North.
Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) has also welcomed news that the project is progressing as there were fears it was being put on the back-burner.
He said: “The delivery of a rail-based connection between Swords, the airport, and the city centre is vital, particularly as our local community continues to grow.
“It is essential that no delays occur in its delivery.”
Tony Lambert agreed and said it was a crucial piece of infrastructure that would accommodate growth in Fingal and attract more investment.
He said: “We can’t just keep building more houses in the likes of Swords and Donabate and putting more and more cars on already congested roads.
“This is another piece of the public transport network that we so badly need in order to compete with other European cities.”
When completed, the metro system will link up with the Luas in the city centre, relieving congestion along the M1 corridor.


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