Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (654)

Róisín Shortall


654. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 347 of 24 October 2017, his plans with respect to the portion of the Luas green line that will not be subsumed into the new metro system; if he has satisfied himself that the recent investment in Luas cross city does not represent poor value for money in that in ten years the line will only run from Broombridge to Charlemont and Harcourt Street; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10179/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy is aware the recently published Project Ireland 2040 now proposes to take forward a Metro Link scheme to run from Swords, via Dublin Airport to Dublin’s south city centre (operating in tunnel under the city centre) and onwards to Sandyford using the existing Luas Green Line to ensure that growth along this corridor can be accommodated. This will provide Dublin with a high capacity, high-frequency cross-city rail corridor serving critical destinations such as Swords, Dublin Airport, Dublin City University, Ballymun, the Mater Hospital and existing destinations along the Luas Green Line between Charlemont to Sandyford. Metro Link will provide faster reliable journey times to and from these key destinations while offering interchange with other rail, DART Expansion, light rail and bus services. Importantly, Luas services will continue to serve catchment areas between Broombridge and Charlemont and between Sandyford and Brides Glen, while also linking with higher capacity, higher frequency metro services through the city centre and linking to the airport and beyond.

The next steps are that the details of the Metro Link scheme (Swords to Sandyford) will be put out to public consultation in the coming weeks, with construction expected to commence in 2021 with a view to delivering the project by 2027.