Monday, 17 September 2007

Shortlist drawn for €5bn Dublin Metro system

A SHORTLIST of international consortia has been drawn up to design, build and operate the proposed €5bn Metro from Dublin city centre to the airport.

The list of bidders, selected by the Rail Procurement Agency (RPA), includes some of the leading operators of Metro systems abroad.

It includes Veolia, which already operates the Luas.

Shortlisted consortia has until November 2 to compete for one infrastructure provider, one to supply the Metro carriages and one to operate the system.

It is intended that the Railway Order application process will commence in early 2008.

The pre-application consultation process with an An Bord Pleanala has commenced and the public consultation process is ongoing.

However, it is expected that the Metro will not be operational until 2016.

As well as Metro North, the RPA is planning the Metro West, a 25km line linking Tallaght with Ballymun and a number of Luas lines, serving Citywest, Docklands and Cherrywood/Shanganagh.

Irish Independent

1 comment:

PRTJoe said...

The Suas(?) photo points in the right direction --> elevated!
PRT (=Personal Rapid Transit) is not really a new idea (it goes back to the 70ies' 'Cabinentaxi' in Germany), but it is less costly, more energy efficient and it reduces CO2-emissions and dependency on fossil fuel imports, namely oil. What exactly is PRT? It is an elevated, full-automated, clean energy powered, light weight, modern transport system. Smaller cities like Santa Cruz (California), Daventry (UK) and Uppsala (Sweden) seriously plan to install PRT. More info:
http://www.podcar.org/podcar/index_eng.htm
http://www.cprt.org/
http://www.advancedtransit.org/doc.aspx?id=1121
http://www.jpods.com/
http://www.daventrytoday.co.uk/news/Ambitious-pod-plans-on-show.3234741.jp
http://www.vectusprt.com/eng/develop/develop_1_vehicle.asp