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Metro North delay ‘posing a real threat to economic development of Dublin’ – Ellis

26 October, 2017 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin North West Dessie Ellis has raised concerns in the Dáil this morning over the delay in the resumption of the consultation process for Metro North in light of projected population growths and its potential adverse effects on transport capacity.

Deputy Ellis said:

“Recent population growth projections suggesting an increase in population of between 400,000 to 1.1 million by 2031 will put an already an already congested M50 under huge additional pressure as well as adversely affecting other transport routes around Dublin.

“At present, the M50 resembles at times a large car park. This congestion is posing a real threat to the economic development of Dublin.  I am greatly concerned that the resumption of the consultation process for Metro North has not even begun yet.

“The Metro North is a six year project starting in 2021 to be completed in 2027, a time by which the huge growth in population that has been projected will already be well advanced.  

“I called on the government this morning in the Dáil to outline when this consultation process will resume.

“I demanded that the Metro North project in view of the potential growth in population be delivered in a faster timescale.  There is a real possibility of a crisis developing in the near future in our ability to provide sufficient transport capacity for our growing population.

“At the very least, the consultation process for Metro North must resume immediately.” 

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