Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin North West, Paul McAuliffe, has today welcomed the announcement of a public consultation period opening for the extension of the Luas green line to Finglas.

The planned extension of the Luas  would see the 4km Finglas track travel through Tolka Valley Park, Barnamore Grove linear park and Mellows Park.

Deputy McAuliffe said: “News of a planned Luas extension to Finglas is very welcome to the area but I would appeal to the new Government to bring the construction phase forward from a post 2027 project to an earlier construction date. The track would provide four extra stops on the Green line, as well as a further 600 spaces for a new park and ride facility.

“The area is a busy part of the city and the Luas could really help to improve traffic flow in the area and therefore I am calling on the project to be moved forward. I would also call for a new construction date as part of the Governments review of the NDP.

“The Finglas, Glasnevin and Ballymun area are solely reliant on a bus service as its only form of public transport. I very much welcome today’s news and I would encourage members of the public to submit any recommendations and have their say they on the proposed route.”

“The emerging preferred route has stops planned for St Helena’s, Finglas Village, Mellowes Park and Charlestown, it also includes a park and ride facility at Charlestown.

“I would like to see it go beyond Charlestown and link with the Metro North in Ballymun providing connectivity to Dublin Airport”

“The next step for the new government must be to bring the construction phase forward from a post 2027 project to an earlier construction date,” concluded Deputy McAuliffe.