Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD has reacted to the announcement that the southern portion of the Metrolink project is to be redesigned.

The design is set to be overhauled and the network will not continue beyond the Charlemont Luas stop.

Deputy Troy commented, “I am relieved that the government has taken on board some of what communities have been telling them since the day the Metrolink was announced. However, I have serious concerns over the way Fine Gael and Minister Ross have approached one of the largest infrastructural projects in the history of the state.

“Over €179 million has been spent on this project already, €25 million of which was spent buying up properties that will not even be needed by the Metro’s construction. We were told by successive Ministers that this investment was worth it, that the Metro project would revolutionise transport in Dublin and create a world-class transport system.

“But the same government who were boasting about the merits of the project took a haphazard approach to its delivery. Minister Ross charged two state transport bodies with researching and developing the best possible routes for this project, as well as dozens of private consultants, but he was not able to find a route that was even minimally acceptable to people living along it.  

“Time and time again, when the project hit difficulties in its southern portion, we heard that a new Metro was not needed in the South East of the city. Residents there are already served by the DART and the Luas. Surely this should have been accounted for by the Minister before the route was launched, and not after?

“At the end of the day, this redesign will cost more money in terms of design and planning work. It will delay this much-needed project by months, if not years. It is another fine example of the government allowing major projects to run over budget with delays. 

“If the government’s past performance is to be believed, we cannot even take it that they support this route,” concluded Deputy Troy.