Wednesday 24 January 2018

Mr Myers' point way off track

In response to Kevin Myers' second article on Metro North (Irish Independent, August 25), I would like to protest and offer rebuttal to his treatment of the project.

Mr Myers refers again to Metro North as simply a rail link from St Stephen's Green to Dublin Airport, which is highly disingenuous at the very least as it omits the number of other mid- to high-density traffic locations that the line will also serve, including a university, a hospital and the not-insignificant urban conurbation north of the airport known as Swords.

The author dismisses the State's ability to afford such a project in times of financial uncertainty; what is certainly known is that the upfront cost will be borne by a private consortium, and the State will not pay a penny until after the first day of operations, mid-distance in the future, and likely at a time when probable economic recovery would allow the annual repayment.

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