Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD has called on Minister Shane Ross to set out a detailed delivery plan for each phase of the Metro Link project.

Deputy Troy added that people need assurance that the project will actually be delivered within a reasonable time frame given the shocking inadequacies in Ireland’s delivery of key infrastructure projects.

Deputy Troy said, “This week, the preferred route for Metro Link has been announced and put out for public consultation. This is a welcome step forward but we’ve been waiting for the delivery of this project for many years. The NTA already held a full public consultation on Metro North as far back as 2014. The NTA published a final report in June 2015, but the then Transport Minister Paschal Donohue decided to order a full redesign which flushed away €140m in the process.

“The redesign of the project pushed back it’s delivery by a decade. Now, the earliest possible date by which the Metro Link project will be completed is 2027. This is of cold comfort to the tens of thousands of commuters who are left without a viable way to get to work in the meantime.

“These delays come at a time when Minister Ross’s botched roll out of the Luas Cross City project is inconveniencing tens of thousands of commuters. We have seen weeks of transport chaos in the city with little action from Minister Ross to address the problem. The NTA and TIL were warned of huge challenges facing the Luas Cross City project as far back as last September, but they failed to take the necessary action to resolve the underlying problems before the extension opened.

“Minister Ross needs to show real leadership on this issue and set out his detailed delivery plan for each stage of the Metro Link project. Builders wouldn’t dream of starting a project without a blueprint for construction, and no Minister should start a costly and vital infrastructure project without setting out a detailed plan for its delivery.”