Government need to look at fast tracking MetroLink – O’Reilly
Speaking after the MetroLink Information Session at the Conrad Hotel, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O’Reilly welcomed the project but raised concerns over the elongated timeframe for delivery.
Deputy O’Reilly said:
“Recent population growth projections have suggested 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, particularly in north Dublin.
“While we hope the MetroLink will address some of the congestion issues and offer a much needed public transport between Swords and Sandyford while also connecting key destinations including Dublin Airport and the City Centre, the question must be asked if the 2027 timeframe is ambitious enough given the huge traffic congestion problems across Dublin currently.
“At present, the M1 and M50 resemble large car parks during peak hours. This congestion is posing a real threat to the economic development of Dublin.
“While I understand the scale of the project, the fact is that it is not due to start until 2021 with completion expected in 2027. I would urge tall involved to see if the project could be started at an earlier date.
“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, so I would urge that consideration be given to starting the project earlier than is currently proposed.”