Sunday 21 July 2019

'Prioritise northern section of Metro'

The original proposed route for Metrolink
The original proposed route for Metrolink

Ken Phelan

The planned Metrolink line to Swords should not be held up by delays on the south side of the Liffey, according to a local TD who has called for the prioritisation of the northern portion of the light rail line.

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, and Fine Gael TD for Dublin North West, Noel Rock have called for the Metrolink project to be separated into two phases with the prioritisation of the development of Metro from Dublin City Centre to north Dublin.

Speaking of the importance of Metro for the Fingal area, Deputy Farrell said: 'The delivery of Metro from the city centre to north Dublin, the airport and the Swords community is vital in providing transport links to cater for the demands of a modern city and a growing population in north Dublin.

'It is essential that a rail link is established to the airport from the city centre, particularly to support those who commute every day for work or education, and for the benefit of the 31 million passengers who use Dublin Airport.

'As such, I believe that the Metro link between the city centre and north Dublin should be prioritised and separated from the Metrolink running from the city to Sandyford, in order to allow this project to proceed.'

Saying the transport infrastructure for the people of north Dublin and Swords 'must be delivered', Deputy Farrell said any delay in the provision of Metro to Swords and Dublin Airport due to difficulties with the southside route selection would be 'wholly unacceptable.'

Supporting Deputy Farrell, Deputy Rock stated: 'The Metro Project to link the city centre to north Dublin will provide an integral link between communities in Ballymun and Santry with the city centre. The Southside squabble should not be allowed to derail this long-promised project.'

He said: 'The fact is that the north side of Dublin has significantly less transport infrastructure, particularly in terms of rail links that the south of the city.

'The northbound phase of the Metro project should be separated from the southbound phase to allow for its delivery as soon as possible.'

Saying that separating the Metro project into two distinct phases would be a 'recognition of the need' for greater public transport infrastructure for the northside, Deputy Rock said that doing so would 'work to bring such an infrastructure on par with the south side.'

He said: 'The needs of north Dublin cannot, and must not, be forgotten or pushed aside when it comes to the delivery of Metro.'

Fingal Independent