Saturday 21 September 2019

Revealed: Artist impression drawings of proposed MetroLink stations across Dublin city

'MetroLink'
'MetroLink'
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

THE National Transport Authority has released artist impression drawings of the proposed MetroLink stations across Dublin city.

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

Last month The National Transport Authority confirmed that the metro trains would terminate at Charlemont, due to planned disruption of the Luas Green Line lasting up to four years.

The changes to the proposal will also mean that the acquisition of the pitch belonging to Na Fianna GAA club in Glasnevin will no longer be required.

But the 'Griffith Park' station will be constructed instead under the Home Farm FC soccer pitch. This means that the pitch will be unavailable during construction, but will be fully restored afterwards, the NTA said.

An "integrated station" is planned underneath the Carlton Cinema site on O’Connell Street.

Metrolink conceded that the location and construction of the station in the original proposal would have "presented significant challenge to maintain services on the Luas and traffic on O’Connell Street".

"An opportunity has arisen to create an integrated station off the street under what was the old Carlton cinema, which is being redeveloped. We are working with the owners of this site to integrate the station into the proposed development," they said in the latest public consultation document released.

The station at Tara Street was also contentious as it meant that the Markievicz centre and adjoining apartment block would be demolished.

The NTA looked at alternative options, but said that while it realises it has a "severe impact" on residents and users of the fitness centre, it "reluctantly concluded that the original proposal remains the most feasible option for construction of the MetroLink station at Tara Street."

Graeme McQueen, head of communications at Dublin Chamber told Independent.ie that it was good to see further detail emerging about the project, particularly around where the station entry points will be located.

"We’d like to see more detail published about the stop at Dublin Airport - one of the most important stops on the line," he said.

"We flagged in our submission last year that 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.

"Ideally we’d like to see some kind of underground access or a covered overground route. We look forward to seeing more detail on this in due course.

"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.

"This is one of the best aspects of the plan as 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.”"

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