Saturday 24 March 2018

Dublin's Metrolink will only go north - south until at least 2035

DUBLIN WILL NOT get an orbital metro system until at least after 2035 – because there isn’t the passenger demand. The country’s transport bodies yesterday announced the “emerging preferred route” for the Metrolink – a combination of the former Metro North and South plans. However, the plan does not envisage the system going west of the city, with these areas set to be serviced by electrified rail lines running Dart trains and an improved bus service. The Metro West plan, first announced in 2005, was nixed in 2011 due to a lack of funding. In 2016 it was excluded from the Transport Strategy For The Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035 and was not included in the government capital spending plan announced last month.

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