In February, the Government launched the National Development Plan 2018 – 27, setting out its infrastructure goals for the next 9 years. One of the key elements of this is the building of Metrolink (or Metro North as it used to be know as). I’ve previously outlined here why I was disappointed with the National Development Plan in that it is unclear about the major plans that will benefit Dublin 15/Dublin 7.

However, Metrolink does offer some benefits to residents of our area, and I think it is important that we make submissions outlining our views on the proposals.

Interchange with Maynooth Line and new Glasnevin Station

The current plan proposes a new “Glasnevin” underground station, basically beside Cross-Guns Bridge. This station would link with a new Glasnevin station on both the Maynooth line but also the Docklands link – the two lines are very close at this point. This would mean that D15/D7 commuters could get either the Maynooth or Docklands train to the new Glasnevin station and then change to the Metro link, straight to the Airport, Swords or DCU. This would be a major benefit for commuters in our area.

The timeline as currently stated is that, following the public consultation, a final draft version of the route will go to An Bord Pleanala as a Railway Order Application in late 2019, with a view to getting a decision from An BP in 2020. Construction would start in 2021 for six years and the MetroLink would be operational from 2027.

If you support this element of the project, or have any views on any of the other aspects, it is important that your voice gets heard. You can make a submission directly through the Metrolink website here. You can also get in touch via:

Email: consultations@metrolink.ie

Post: Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Parkgate Business Centre, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, D08 DK10

Deadline: 5pm Friday 11th May 2018