Tuesday 12 December 2017

Irish Rail paid €80,000 for report on scrapped plan

Paul Melia

IARNROD Eireann spent €80,000 just six months ago updating a 20-year-old plan to extend the DART line to Dublin Airport.

The money was spent in the hope that the Govern-ment would decide to build the rail spur over the next five years -- but the plan was rejected last week for not being good value for money.

The company paid the money to AECOM and Goodbody Economic Consultants after Transport Minister Leo Varadkar requested information on whether the DART line could be extended.

The project would have involved building a 6.5km spur just after Clongriffin DART station to the airport, and would have cost €200m.

But despite producing an updated business case, the plan was axed last week in the capital spending review.

An Iarnrod Eireann spokesman said the original plan was updated because Mr Varadkar had sought more detail. "We thought the correct thing was to have the most accurate information," he said.

Irish Independent

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