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The original Metrolink route now seems set to be effectively cut in half

The original Metrolink route now seems set to be effectively cut in half

The original Metrolink route now seems set to be effectively cut in half

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There has been a widespread welcome north of the Liffey and particularly here in Fingal of reports that the NTA is set to abandon the southern section of the Metrolink project which was to connect Swords via Dublin Airport to the City Centre and then on to Rathfarnham.

There have been increasing calls in recent weeks from political and administrative quarters in Fingal for the northern section of the line to proceed as Metrolink south floundered over difficulties accommodating the line on that side of the Liffey and a possible shut down of a Luas line to allow construction of sections of Metrolink.

No such impediments exist on the northern side of the line and several local politicians have called for the Swords to City Centre via Dublin Airport section of the project to proceed.

Those voices were added to this month by the chief executive of Fingal County Council who called for the northern section of the line to proceed 'without delay'.

Now reports have surfaced that the NTA intends to abandon the southern section of the project, clearing a logjam in the project and allowing the long-awaited northern section of the line to proceed.

Local councillor and Metro campaigner, Cllr Darragh Butler has welcomed the news.

In a strong statement on the issue, he told the Fingal Independent: 'It's great news that Southsiders are happy with their overcrowded Luas lines - good luck to them.

'We don't have that privilege on the Northside so we need Metro North delivered now - no more delays.

Cllr Butler said: 'We need a high speed and fequent rail service from Swords via dublin airport and DCU to Dublin City Centre and we need it now.'

He concluded: 'We've been waiting for close to 20 years now and enough is enough.'

Last month, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell along with Fine Gael TD for Dublin North West, Noel Rock 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 and it seems they will not get their wish.

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.'

Deputy Farrell concluded: '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.'


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