Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Ceisteanna (180)

Eamon Ryan


180. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the latest estimate for the cost of the Metro West proposal. [16931/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As the Deputy is aware, there is a statutory, long-term strategic plan for the future development of transport in the Greater Dublin Area as required under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008. The strategy is known as the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016 to 2035 and is available to view on the website of the National Transport Authority,  

The Transport Strategy contains a number of proposed light-rail/metro projects for the GDA over the next 20 years or so, these are -

- A Metro from the city centre to North County Dublin

- Upgrade of the Luas Green Line in advance of the switch to Metro

- A Metro from the city centre to South County Dublin (along the Luas Green Line)

- Luas Cross City

- Extend the Luas Green Line to Bray

- Extend the Luas Cross City to Finglas

- Extend the Luas Red Line to Poolbeg

- New Luas to Lucan

Metro West is not included in the National Transport Authority's (NTA) Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016 - 2035 and its potential development did not form part of any deliberations informing the development of Project Ireland 2040.

From the list provided above, Luas CrossCity is now complete and operations began in December 2017.

Project Ireland 2040 provides indicative allocations toward the development of MetroLink and the Luas Green Line Capacity Enhancement Project, while it is also provides indicative allocations toward the appraisal, planning and design of Luas network expansion to Bray, Finglas, Lucan and Poolbeg.