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Thursday 24 August 2017

Take the metro 'fast track' toward Fingal

Council urges early delivery of new Metro North line at seminar

A new poll by Red C found that the overwhelming majority of Swords residents were supportive of Metro link to the town
A new poll by Red C found that the overwhelming majority of Swords residents were supportive of Metro link to the town

John Manning

The Mayor of Fingal has hosted a major seminar which has heard calls for the project to be fast-tracked with Fingal County Council saying they stand ready and willing to work with the Government and national agencies to deliver the crucial rail project as soon as possible.

The seminar, which was hosted by the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Darragh Butler in The Atrium at County Hall, Swords, discussed the merits of accelerating the development of Metro North, from Swords to Dublin Airport and onto the City Centre.

Metro North was identified by the Government in 2015 as a priority project in Building on Recovery, its infrastructure and capital investment plan 2016-2021. However, work on the transport corridor is not expected to begin for a number of years and is planned to be in operation by 2026/2027 at the earliest.

Fingal County Council is advocating the sustainable development and business case for Metro North to be fast-tracked so that future development can be underpinned by a 'fast, dedicated and efficient metro line'.

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Darragh Butler said: 'I hope this conference has achieved its aim of showing how important it is for Metro North to be fast-tracked because it is the gateway to a prosperous future for the people of Fingal, the residents of Swords and those with businesses along its Economic Corridor.'

The Council's Chief Executive, Paul Reid, supported the calls by the Mayor stating: 'A decision to bring forward the implementation of this critical phase of national infrastructure will also create the certainty required to stimulate investment by public, commercial, semi-state and private sectors to ensure that complementary development occurs in the most suitable places and at the right time.'

Ed Hearne, Fingal County Council's Economic Director spoke about how Metro North will underpin the economic growth of the county: 'A decision on the early delivery of Metro North can bring the certainty and confidence to unlock further investment and deliver a transformative economic impact for Fingal.'

The seminar was attended by councillors and the Oireachtas as well as representatives from Government Departments and State agencies.

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