Metro North may still be on the cards

by Gazette Reporter

MEMBERS of the public are being urged to make their feelings known on six project options that have recently been shortlisted to serve the transport needs of Dublin North, including Swords and Dublin Airport.
A public consultation process has been launched by Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe for members of the public to make submissions for their preferred option.
The six proposed options are two heavy rail options, a combination of a DART link and a Luas line, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) option, a Luas line from Cabra to the airport and Swords, and a metro proposal, running from St Stephen’s Green to the Airport and Swords.
A spokesperson from the Department of Transport said that the metro option proposed is: “An optimised Metro North. It’s coming in cheaper [than the original proposal], it’s not a tunnel all the way, there is some over-ground [section] around the Ballymun Road, and there are some savings, because there are not as many stations.”
He went on to say that while it is coming in cheaper, it will still provide an adequate solution to transport issues around Swords and Dublin Airport.
Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) urged residents from Swords, and throughout Fingal, to engage with the public consultation process. He said: “With Fingal being one of the fastest-growing regions in the State, and with employment levels in the area growing rapidly, the strain on transport infrastructure in Swords, and the North County, will significantly increase over the coming years.
“These factors will stimulate a level of travel in the region which cannot be fully catered for by [the] current level of infrastructure.
“It is my belief that the best option for the local area will be Metro North. I do not believe that a BRT system, as outlined in the shortlist, would adequately cater for the increase in demand which North Dublin will experience over the medium- to long-term.
“On that basis, while it may be effective in the short-term, I do not envisage it being a viable alternative to either Metro North, or [having] another DART or Luas connection.”
Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) said: “For me, it’s quite simple – we want Metro North, or a replacement light rail system such as the Luas, that would connect Swords and North County Dublin to the airport and city centre.
“Swords residents will not accept BRT Swiftway as a replacement or consolation prize for Metro North. We cannot allow a situation where LUAS and light-rail solutions are good enough for the southside, but those of us in Swords and on the northside have to make do with long, extended bendy buses instead. I would urge as many residents as possible to make a submission.”
The public consultation process is open until next January 19, and members of the public can view the proposals and make submissions at www.nationaltransport.ie.

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