Metro North Plan Approved

An Bord Pleanála have approved the Metro North rail link, expected to cost €3 billion.

The new line will run from St Stephen's Green in the city centre to Swords in north Co Dublin and now faces final approval from the Government on a 'cost benefit analysis'.

The light rail system will begin in Belinstown in north County Dublin with the route serving a number of key destinations including Dublin Airport, hospitals, universities and retail centres as well as high density residential and employment districts along an 18km long corridor.

Today's approval means the Railway Procurement Agency can proceed with enabling works for the project, which are due to commence next March.

Fine Gael Transport Spokesman Simon Coveney welcomed the approval, but warned of a huge ‘information deficit’ about its business plan.

In a statement today, Mr Coveney said: “For some time Fine Gael has been in favour, in principle, of the Metro North project. It makes sense to dramatically upgrade public transport infrastructure on the northside of the city.

“We look forward to the Railway Procurement Agency publishing the revised business case so that the public can see the full costs, and benefits, associated with this project. At such a critical time for the economy, it is essential that taxpayers know exactly how much major projects will cost, and what they will gain from them."

When opened, Metro North is expected to carry approximately 80,000 passengers per day, forecast to increase over time. The ultimate capacity is some 40,000 passengers per hour or 20,000 in each direction. The scheme is expected to carry some 35 million passengers each year once it is operational.

The proposal would interchange with existing Luas Green Line services at St Stephen’s Green and Red Line services at Abbey Stop near the O’Connell Bridge Stop. The scheme will also interchange with the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) and with suburban rail services in the area via the proposed rail interconnector.

Some 2,600 Park & Ride spaces will also be provided at key locations along the route.


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