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Tuesday 21 February 2017

Time to honour Metro promise

Published 11/02/2017 | 00:00

Mary Rose Burke
Mary Rose Burke

Dublin Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the news that the Government is looking to speed up the construction of the Metro North rail link.

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The Chamber said that the building of the line, which will run from the city centre to Dublin Airport and on to Swords, is 'urgently needed to address ever-worsening congestion in Dublin'.

The Chamber said that Metro North will provide a transport solution for Dublin Airport, but also the fast-growing North County Dublin region.

According to Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke: 'A new rail link is needed not only to serve Dublin Airport, but also to cater for the additional 40,000-plus people who will be commuting into Dublin city centre from north county Dublin by 2023.'

Local councillor, Cllr Justin Sinnott (NP) also welcomed the news but said 'the residents of North County Dublin have heard similar promises before so a degree of caution and scepticism is understandable'.

Commenting on the announcement Cllr Justin Sinnott stated: 'Swords needs Metro North to happen in the short term.

'The area is projected to grow substantially over the next decade.

'We need a permanent sustainable transport infrastructure and Metro North gives us that.

'It has to be the priority infrastructure project for Dublin. We need more than just announcements. We need a start date for the project.'

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