Questions to answer on route, timescale and cost of MetroLink – Imelda Munster TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD raised issues of concern regarding the MetroLink project at a meeting of the Oireachtas Transport Committee this afternoon, highlighting the length of time the project is expected to take and the negative effect the build is expected to have on communities along the proposed route during the construction phase.
Deputy Munster said:
“I have read media reports questioning the length of time that the project will take.
“In other city metro projects 100-150 feet are cut a day, but I understand that the NTA and TII intend to cut only 6 feet a day. So a project that could take a year or two is going to take seven years.
"Mr Hugh Creegan, Deputy CEO of the NTA, responded to these queries, suggesting that six or seven years is a 'worst case scenario', but the matter of the expected slow rate of tunnelling was not adequately addressed.
“Real people’s lives will be affected by this project, regardless of what route is eventually chosen, but at present the proposal is to discommode na Fianna CLG, Home Farm, and schools and other groups in the area that use those facilities.
“It’s vital that the project is as efficient and speedy as possible.
“Due to the lack of information available to date from the NTA there is a huge amount of uncertainty and anxiety in local communities about this project.
“I want to know why the project is going to take so long to complete, why this route was chosen, how the tender process will operate and how the NTA and TII plan to ensure that the project is on budget and delivered speedily, given their past record of overspend and over run on infrastructure.