Time for Ross to get on board and deliver on Metro
The Government should press ahead with using an additional available €2.6 billion in capital funding to 'fast-track' Metro North.
The Minister for Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe announced that the Government would consider moving the delivery date for the long-awaited light rail project forward and Deputy Alan Farrell TD (FG) has encouraged the Minister for Transport to get on board and push the project forward to an early conclusion.
Deputy Farrell called for the additional €2.6 billion available in capital funding to be used to fast-track Metro North in order to provide a light-rail link between the city centre, Dublin Airport, and Swords, as a matter of priority.
He said: 'With up to €2.6 billion available for capital funding, I am calling on the Government to utilise this funding to fast-track the delivery of Metro North.
'This funding could, potentially, bring forward the delivery of Metro North, which would be undoubtedly beneficial, not only to the local community it will serve in the North County, but also in terms of attracting inward investment and trade.'
The local Fine Gael TD added: 'With Swords moving towards becoming a city in its own right, and with passenger numbers at Dublin Airport continuing to grow, the development of a rail based link to connect these communities with the city centre is essential. Bringing forward the delivery of Metro North must be viewed as a matter of priority by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and by the Government as a whole.
'I believe Metro North should be fast-tracked, particularly in light of Brexit. Ensuring we have adequate public infrastructure to attract jobs and investment into Ireland is essential, and must be prioritised in order to further protect local communities in Dublin Fingal from any adverse impact Brexit may have.'
Deputy Farrell said: 'This is an issue of both local, and national, importance and must be treated as such by the Minister, and every member of this Government. 'When I last raised the need to prioritise the delivery of new Metro North with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, the Minister stated 'if additional funding becomes available in the next few years - I am not saying whether it will - the preparatory work being done will position us to make progress with the project in line with the available funding'.
'Now that capital funding is becoming available, I have communicated my view to the Minister that he must make a submission at Cabinet level seeking the allocation of this funding to the Metro North project, with a view to fast-tracking the delivery of a light-rail link between Swords, Dublin Airport, and the city centre.'