Statement

Have your say on shortlisted public transport projects in Dublin/Fingal – Hayes

“Six excellent projects have been shortlisted for public consultation to address the need of the fast growing north side of Dublin. Everyone is encouraged to get involved” says Brian Hayes, Fine Gael MEP for Dublin. Hayes was speaking today following the announcement by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe of a public consultation process where the people of Dublin can have their say on the six possibilities.

“The north side of Dublin is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, it has the lowest average age demographic and there will inevitably be increased demands on transport systems in the area as a result. North Dublin is lagging behind in public transport options and needs to be prioritised. It is important for commuters and important for future investment on the north side.”

“There is without doubt merit to all six projects that have been shortlisted for public consultation and I look forward to a lively debate. These projects include a DART link from Clongriffin to the airport or a DART from the Maynooth Railway Line to the airport and Swords via a tunnel under Glasnevin; a Luas line from Cabra to the airport and Swords or a metro from St. Stephen’s Green to the Airport and Swords. The public will also have the opportunity to consider a combination of a number of proposed Bus Rapid Transit services or a DART link from Clongriffin to the airport and a Luas line from Cabra to Swords.

“Twenty Five proposals were reviewed and assessed considering technical feasibility, cost and environmental issues and now we have been left with these six projects.

“What we need is a transport system that meets the need of the people in North Dublin but that does so in a way that achieves maximum value for money and that will benefit the maximum number of people.

“Full details of the 25 options and the six shortlisted options can be found on www.nationaltransport.ie. I would encourage the people of North Dublin to have a look at the options and to get involved in improving the transport system in your area.”

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