A contract worth €2.5m for a 'concept architect' who will work on Dublin's Metrolink project has been advertised.
In a clear sign that the project is moving ahead, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is seeking submissions from architects who want to work on the development for nine years.
The Metrolink will be a north-south urban railway service which will run between Swords and Charlemont, linking Dublin Airport, Irish Rail, Dart, Dublin Bus and Luas services.
There will be 15 new stations, 3,000 additional park and ride spaces and a journey time of 25 minutes from Swords to the city.
It is intended that construction work will start in 2021 and the first passengers will be on board in 2027.
The final cost of the project is still in dispute, with initial estimates of €3bn now believed to be at the lower end of what is likely.
The €2.5m figure for an architectural company is an estimate based on "assumptions, notional hours and information to hand".
"TII does not commit to any amount, any retainer and all projects are subject to approval," the tender notice states. It adds that price is not the only award criterion.
The architect will be responsible for applying "value management techniques".