Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Fingal, Darragh O’Brien has called on the Government to provide an update on the promised link to the airport, Metro North which was outlined in the Infrastructure & Capital Investment Plan 2016 – 2021.
Commenting amid recent reports casting doubt over the planned go-ahead for the project, Deputy O’Brien says, “The previous Government’s Capital Infrastructure Plan failed to deliver anything to Dublin Fingal in terms of improving our public transport infrastructure. It is bitterly disappointing that no progress has been made on the development of Metro North which would significantly help to alleviate the traffic gridlock experienced in Fingal and provide a necessary link between the city centre, the airport and Swords.
“Fine Gael and Labour broke their firm promise to deliver the Metro in the last election. At that time Metro North had a comprehensive business analysis, planning permission and a Railway Order, with a capacity of 20,000 passengers per hour. Metro North was ready to begin works.
“The Dublin Metro is absolutely essential for our ever-growing city, most particularly in North County, the fastest-growing county in the country. Meanwhile, Dublin Airport continues to experience strong growth in volumes, with the latest observation breaking the previous record.
“There has been absolutely no action over the past five years to deliver on shovel-ready plans for the project even after announcing a scaled back version with no business case analysis and that has yet to go through the planning process.
“The longer the delays go on, the clearer it is becoming that the firm promises made to people in this region in relation to public transport will be broken,” added O’Brien.