Councillor Curran welcomes re-think on Metrolink line
Sinn Féin Councillor for Sandyford Glencullen Chris Curran has welcomed news this morning that plans for the Metrolink rail line in Dublin are to see major changes in order to avoid major disruption to the Luas Green line for up to four years.
The original plan for the Metrolink would see the new rail line emerge from underground at the Green Line Charlemont stop and continue on to Sandyford on the Luas line. This would have caused major disruption to the existing line leaving thousands of commuters without a service for up to four years and bringing much of South Dublin to a standstill.
Councillor Curran said;
"This implementation of the existing plan would spell disaster for commuters and businesses right along the southern Green Line.
"The project requires a complete rethink and I am happy to see that the National Transport Authority will announce changes next month.
"We need to stop relying on radial mobility where commuters need to travel to the city centre in order to reach other suburbs.
"While I accept the dire need for a rail link to the airport, to rip up a hugely successfully piece of transport infrastructure is crazy and wasteful.
“During rush hour, Luas carries the equivalent of 80 buses. To force that amount traffic into already congested areas like Renelagh and Donnybrook is deeply unfair on residents in those areas. As a result, commuters could take to their cars and exacerbate the problem.
"Instead Metro should run to Dublin Airport from the city centre only. The remaining funds could be used to help link the M50 suburbs, employment hubs, existing Luas lines and the Intercity Rail Network.
“This overall investment is a fabulous opportunity to change the way Dublin moves and provide commuters with a wider range of public transport options. We have to look at ways to maximise the return.”