Metro depot permission to be sought in April

Luas depot in Sandyford: Metro North depots are to look much like the current Luas depots

Public consultation for possible new depot locations for Metro North is to end next Wednesday.

One site of around 13 hectares is to be picked from three options. The three options outlined by the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) include two sites between the Dublin Airport and the M50 and one site just north of the airport.

An Bord Pleanala has given permission for Metro North, but excluded a planned depot and stops north of Swords. The RPA must now reapply to An Bord Pleanala for permission for the depot.

Tom Manning at the State’s light railway agency, said it will make an application for a new depot in April, but the time frame for a decision on the issue lies with An Bord Pleanala. Enabling works are due to continue in the meanwhile.

View Metro North depot options in a larger map

Closing date for submissions or observations to the RPA on the depot is January 12, 2011. Details here.

Further details can be found in the draft environmental impact statement, and the RPA describes the options as below:

Depot location Option 1: Dardistown North
“The Dardistown North depot site is located to the north of the proposed Dardistown metro stop, and south of the Dublin Airport boundary road, between the R108 and the R132. The site is currently good quality arable agricultural land, with some playing fields. There are residential properties and other playing fields to the north of the site, fronting onto the airport boundary road. The entrance to the depot will be from the airport perimeter road.”

Depot location Option 2: Dardistown South
“The Dardistown South depot site is located to the south of the proposed Dardistown metro stop, and just north of the M50 motorway, and east of its junction with the R108. A meat packing plant is located on the western boundary of the site accessed from the R108. The area is currently used as arable land. Closer to the motorway is a temporary storage site for building materials and a number of industrial units. The entrance to the depot will be from the R108.”

Depot location Option 3: Fosterstown South
“The Fosterstown South depot site is located to the north of Dublin Airport in an area bound by the metro alignment, Naul Road and the R132. The area is currently a mix of arable land and green belt. The entrance to the depot will be from the R132.”

IMAGE: Luas depot in Sandyford, which the Metro North depot will look like. AttributionShare Alike Some rights reserved by infomatique

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