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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Public given an impression of MetroLink across Dublin from Swords to Charlemont

Looking good: An artist’s view of the proposed Dublin MetroLink station at Dublin Airport
Looking good: An artist’s view of the proposed Dublin MetroLink station at Dublin Airport
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has released artist's impressions of the proposed MetroLink stations across the capital.

The images outline where 10 stations are planned to be located - from Swords, Dublin Airport, Collins Avenue, through Glasnevin and on to the Mater, Tara Station and Charlemont.

A spokesperson for the NTA told the Irish Independent: "It's information that we think will be of interest to people."

Last month it was confirmed trains would terminate at Charlemont due to planned disruption of the Luas Green line lasting up to four years.

Changes also meant the acquisition of the Na Fianna GAA club pitch in Glasnevin will no longer be required. The 'Griffith Park' station will be constructed instead under the Home Farm FC soccer pitch.

An "integrated station" is planned beneath the Carlton cinema site on O'Connell Street. MetroLink conceded the original location would have "presented significant challenge" to traffic and the Luas. The station at Tara Street was also contentious as the Markievicz fitness centre and apartment block would be demolished. The NTA looked at alternative options, but "reluctantly concluded" the original option was the most feasible.

Graeme McQueen, head of communications at Dublin Chamber, told the Irish Independent:"The stop location at the airport is quite a distance from the two terminals. The drawings don't show how people will move from the terminal buildings to the Metro stop.

"The Glasnevin stop looks very interesting. It's great to see how the Metro line will join up with the existing commuter lines, including a new Cross Guns stop in Phibsboro.

"It will link the airport to the national rail network and mean that people will be able to travel by train from as far away as Sligo to the airport."

Irish Independent

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