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Dublin MetroLink emerging preferred route announced

Dublin Metro North

National Transport Authority (NTA) and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have announced details of the emerging preferred route for the Dublin MetroLink.

Consultation on the 26km fully segregated light rail system commences this week. When completed it will run from the city to Dublin airport and Swords with both surface running sections and underground sections constructed in cut and cover and bored tunnels.

There will be 25 stops including 15 new stops, and a large proportion will be underground especially in the city and towards the airport. Six city centre stops will be constructed in deep underground structures with a new deep stop at the airport.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland CEO Michael Nolan said: “What we are publishing here is the ‘Emerging Preferred Route’ (EPR), rather than the final route. Having examined in detail the various alignments and options, the EPR is the one that we feel is the best fit for the project. But we remain open to looking at other proposals, and if people or communities feel there are better ways of doing it, we will of course be happy to consider any alternatives put forward.”

According to TII, the MetroLink will have the capacity for 30 trains per hour in each direction, and will create 4,000 jobs during construction.

Anticipated timeline

2018    Consultation on Emerging Preferred Route.
2019    Application for a Railway Order.
2020    Granting of Railway Order
2021    Construction commences
2027    MetroLink becomes operable

Last month it was announced that Jacobs and IDOM had been awarded the €14m (£12.4M) contract for Dublin’s Metro North project. This, with Metro South, is now known as MetroLink. 

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