Tuesday 12 December 2017

Metro North still alive, says RPA chief

THE SHELVED Metro North project, which would link Swords to the city centre, via Dublin Airport, is still alive, according to the chief of the Rail Procurement Agency.

Speaking at the Oireachtas transport committee, Cormac O'Rourke said that would love to be a position to build the multi-million euro project but stated that the money was not there at the moment. 'Any of us who has been in cities that have good metro networks would love to have one in Dublin. I am an optimist by nature. 'We will get to a point where we will be able to build such major projects, not just light rail but also roads. We will get back there but for the immediate period we are not going to see metro north on the books.' He said the RPA was keen to keep the Railway Order alive so that option to build it will be available with economic constraints improve. 'One of my jobs in a time of straitened circumstances is to keep options alive so that the Metro North planning permission is kept fresh so that if the money becomes available one can go ahead and build it,' he said. The project was shelved last year as part of Government cuts in its capital expenditure programme.

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