Agency seeks permission to build Metro West

Metro West will be much like Luas

Following the Minister for Transport’s orders, the Railway Procurement Agency are proceeding in looking for permission for the Metro West light rail line. Although funding has yet to be earmarked for the route.

Much of the fully overground line goes via undeveloped lands, which is likely to give rise to calls that the project’s route is developer-led at a time when most developers are having financial problems and the market will not support new building on a large scale. The affects of this has already been shown on the Luas Green Line extension opened at the weekend.

Metro West is more comparable with current Luas lines, which cross roads at-grade, than Metro North which is segregated from all other traffic.

The RPA said today that:

“Metro West will deliver substantial benefits to communities in west Dublin, providing a quality public transport system, employment opportunities during the construction and operation phases, regeneration potential and environmental improvement.

They added:

“Overall Metro West will enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and visit the area.”

the route would run outside and around the M50 linking Tallaght, Clondakin, Lucan, Liffey Valley, Blanchardstown and Metro North just south of Dublin Airport.

Metro West would link Tallaght, Clondakin, the Kildare Railway Line at Fonthill, Lucan, Liffey Valley, Carpenterstown, the Maynooth Railway Line at Porterstown, Clonsilla at a station called ‘Millennium Park’, Blanchardstown at the shopping centre, National Aquatic Centre, Abbotstown, Meekstown north of Chalestown, and Metro North. Both railway lines are planned to be upgraded to Dart services.

Park and rides would be at Huntestown north Finglas above the M50 / N2 interchange, at the interchange with Metro North south of Dublin Airport, at Blanchardstown shopping centre, and at Liffey Valley shopping centre.

Future stops in green lands are to be provided for at Newlands close to the Golf Course, at Cappoge north of the M50 and to the west of Finglas West, and at Siloge and Harristown between Ballymun and Dublin Airport.

From October 29, the railway order documents will be advailabe to view at the offices of South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council, the Railway Procurement Agency, and An Bord Pleanala. As well as online at dublinmetrowest.ie.

A video showing the Metro West plan from the RPA:

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