Fingal Dublin Chamber welcomes the launch of the Emerging Preferred Route for MetroLinkMarch 26, 2018
Fingal Dublin Chamber welcomes the announcement that the public consultation phase of the MetroLink project is to commence this week as MetroLink has the potential to deliver on Project Ireland 2040’s vision for future growth and development in Swords and in the wider Fingal area.
Under the National Development Plan 2018-2017, Metro North and Metro South will now proceed as one project known as MetroLink - the metro service will move 30 million passengers a year, with a trip from city centre to the airport taking just 20 minutes.
The Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area (2016-2035) envisaged a rail link from the south city centre to Swords. It also envisaged the upgrading of Luas Green Line to metro standard, which would link up to the metro services running north to the airport and beyond, to provide Dublin with “a high capacity, high-frequency cross-city rail corridor”.
In Fingal, the Emerging Preferred Route for the system will begin at Estuary in north Dublin, where 3,000 park and ride spaces will be provided, running at street level and on an elevated structure until it goes underground immediately north of Dublin Airport. It then runs underground with stops at the airport, Northwood, Ballymun, Collins Avenue, Griffith Park, Glasnevin - where it connects with Irish Rail services.
National Transport Authority CEO Anne Graham said: “There are very significant benefits associated with MetroLink, particularly in terms of the integrated transport system that it will bring about for Dublin.
“For example, thanks to MetroLink, there will finally be a rail link to Dublin Airport, and with an easy interchange with other modes including bus, Dart and commuter rail, MetroLink will make it easier than ever to move into and around the capital.
“There will be 25 stations in total, 15 of them brand new, so it will also make sustainable transport a viable option for more and more people in areas like Swords and Ballymun.
“We have modelled future passenger numbers and we predict that capacity for 15,000 passengers per direction per hour during the busiest peak times will be required along this corridor. We don’t believe that a bus system or a standard Luas line would be able to accommodate that number of passengers and that is why MetroLink makes so much sense.
Fingal Dublin Chamber’s Chief Executive Officer Anthony Cooney said: “The launch of MetroLink’s emerging preferred route and consultations is an exciting time for Dublin and the Fingal region in particular. Dublin has desperately needed a transport solution for the corridor along Swords, Dublin Airport, and the city centre, and this announcement is a positive step on the road for a project that has been long overdue.”
“This project is a critical piece of infrastructure for the city and the fast-growing Fingal region, and will help deal with traffic & congestion issues facing businesses, commuters and tourists - further signaling to businesses and people that Fingal is a great place to invest, work and live.”
“The lack of a direct rail link from the airport to the City Centre is already a major negative for Dublin and Ireland in the battle for jobs and investment. A fast and direct route is a given in most large cities around the world. It’s time Dublin was brought up to this standard. Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport are expected to exceed 36 million by 2022, and up to 50 million by 2037. Ireland clearly needs a direct rail link between the national airport and the centre of the capital, allowing overseas visitors to connect quickly and conveniently with the city and the wider public transport network. The absence of a modern amenity like this makes an underwhelming impression upon business travellers and foreign investors.”
“MetroLink is a significant project - not just to connect Dublin Airport and the city centre, but to cater for the additional 40,000+ people who will be commuting into Dublin city centre from North County Dublin within the next 6 years.”
“Fingal County already has a population of almost 300,000, making it the third biggest local authority area in the country. A new rail link will go a long way to support these strong growth levels and accommodate even more growth in the future."
“Much-needed projects like MetroLink and the DART Expansion have the potential to transform the region’s business competitiveness and quality of life. Together, they are fundamental to a public transport network that will set up the region for decades to come.”
“The Chamber will work closely with the National Transport Authority, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, and Fingal County Council to ensure that the final design is the one best suited to the economic, cultural and social growth of Fingal and the Metro Economic Corridor.”
Fingal Dublin Chamber is the accredited Chamber for the entire Fingal Region stretching from Blanchardstown in the west to Swords, Malahide in the east and Balbriggan in the north.
As the region's largest business organisation, the Chamber provides advice, support, referrals and representation to help businesses develop and prosper. Find out more about the membership organisation at www.fingaldublinchamber.ie
Further information on MetroLink is available from www.metrolink.ieContact:David Branagan, Events & Communications Manager086 349 8864