Taoiseach gives the thumbs-up to Metro

Michael Lavery

TAOISEACH Brian Cowen has given a broad hint that the multi-billion euro Metro North project is still on track.

The rail link from St Stephen's Green to Swords now faces final approval from the Government on a cost benefit analysis.

Mr Cowen said he expected a "positive outcome" from the analysis.

The economic landscape had changed since the project was first announced five years earlier but the Taoiseach noted it still held the same significance.

"I understand the importance of having an integrated transport solution for Dublin," Mr Cowen revealed at the Fingal Dublin chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards.


"Metro North is a hugely important project, a very complex one and you've seen it develop and progress as planned," he added.

An Bord Pleanala gave Metro North the green light for planning permission last month.

The board gave permission for an underground track from St Stephen's Green to north of Ballymun where it will cross the M50 on a flyover.

It will go underground at Dublin Airport stopping at a centralised transport hub before going overground again to Swords, with some of the line on stilts due to the undulating landscape.

The overall 18km line has been shortened by 2.3km by An Bord Pleanala.