Following the publication of the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035 the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, has confirmed to Fianna Fáil T.D. for Dublin Mid-West John Curran that there are no plans to advance the Metro West project.
“The fact that the Metro West project has been excluded from this strategy altogether is very disappointing and shows a real lack of vision for transport in the Greater Dublin Area,” said Deputy Curran.
“Metro West was proposed under Transport 21 and was a planned orbital transport route linking Tallaght, Clondalkin, Lucan, Blanchardstown, and connecting to Metro North to the Airport.
The fact that this is now not proceeding or even being planned for is very disappointing for local commuters especially when plans are to advance a scaled back version of the Metro North Project.”
“While everyone recognises that to commence construction of this project was unlikely in the short term due to financial constraints, to not advance the planning process of this project is the wrong decision and shows a worrying lack of vision for public transport in the Greater Dublin area,” said Deputy Curran.
It is a gross failing to not plan for the future transport needs of Dublin. This Transport Strategy is a 20 year plan; does that mean that the Metro West project could be shelved for 20 years’ time? Now is the time to plan for the future with a strategic vision for our Capital City,” concluded Deputy Curran.
“Funding is being made in the new Capital Plan Building for Recovery for Metro North but there are no plans and no funding to proceed with the Metro West proposal. This is short sighted and a failure on behalf of Dublin West commuters by our elected representatives”, said Curran
“Elected representatives for Dublin Mid-West and Dublin West have sat mutely on the Government benches and allowed this project to be shelved altogether. This decision to scrap Metro West needs to be reconsidered and allow the planning process to proceed for this project.
The entire potential of this project has been lost and scrapped if planning permission if not sought on this project. €18.7m in costs have already been spent on Metro West, this investment will have no value if plans for this project are never progressed”, concluded John Curran.