Lynn Boylan MEP urges fast-tracking of Dublin transport spending
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on the Irish government to avail of a new European Commission financing initiative in order to speed up delivery of vital transport infrastructure projects in the Dublin area.
“This new €1 billion EU initiative to finance key transport infrastructure projects across Europe is tailor-made for such projects as Metro North and the proposed core bus network, consisting of 16 radial corridors, three orbital corridors, and six regional corridors.
“In reply to parliamentary questions asked by my colleague, Dessie Ellis TD, last year, Minister for Transport Shane Ross confirmed that funding had been made available under the Government's Capital Plan for planning, design and construction of Metro North. The government has lately hinted at bringing this project forward, but there is an opportunity here to be even more ambitious.
“I believe that, by taking advantage of some of the €1 billion of grants now available for transport projects under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), in conjunction with the European Fund for Strategic Investments, that a number of projects can be brought forward and their delivery can be assured.”
“The delivery of vital public transport infrastructure is vital for the development of our growing city, for jobs, and for the quality of life of commuters and communities.”