Metro North cancellation leaves residents of Dublin North Stranded-Cllr Reilly
Dublin Sinn Féin City Councillor Noeleen Reilly has this evening expressed her disappointment at the government’s plans not to proceed with Metro North.
Cllr Reilly said:
‘The statement today from the Minister for Transport leaves a lot to be desired. I welcome the fact that the department has now finally admitted that the Metro North will not proceed, something the residents in Dublin North have known for a long time.
The Metro North was supposed to be a link for the people of Ballymun and Glasnevin with Dublin airport. The minute the government announced in 2011 that the project had been stalled it paved the way for a number of different developments being cancelled including the ‘Spring Cross’ shopping centre in Ballymun.
All the master plans for the Ballymun regeneration very much included the Metro North as a key element of the regeneration. We have no direct link to the airport and today’s statement gives us no concrete future plans for transport in the area.’
She further added,
‘With this announcement it is now time to refund the levies that residents and businesses have paid since 2007. As of the 31st October €4,546,022.02 is sitting in a Dublin City council bank account when it could be used in the local economy.’