Metro North Swords To Dublin City
Metro North, when it comes will provide a high capacity and frequency Dublin transport for the people
of Swords and along it's path to Dublin City Centre. It will carry 20,000 people per hour in both directions. The journey
time from Swords to Saint Stephens Green which is on the south side of the city will take approx. 22 minutes with service
at every 4 minutes at peak times.
The Metro will run through the Airport on to Ballymun on it's way to the City, the route will be deep
bore tunnell under the airport and and built up areas and running on the surface on non built up areas.
Eventually Metro North will run from Belinstown, Balheary but initially the first stop from Swords
will be Seatown, then The Pavillions, then Airside Retail Park, the Airport
where the stop will be located underground, Dardistown which there are plans for development for residential,
business and park and ride, Northwood which is just North of Ballymon beside the N.C.T of which there are
plans to redevelop this whole area, Ballymun beside the civic offices, Dublin City University
at Collins Avenue, Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra Road beside The Cat And Cage pub, Dorset
Street near the Mater Hospital, Parnell Square beside the Rotunda Hospital, O;Connell
Bridge, and finally St. Stephens Green on the South Side.
With the current downturn in the economy and cutbacks in government spending it's uncertain if this
project will go ahead, the indications at the moment are that Metro North will proceed. With a full recession on in Ireland
and cutbacks within every government department a decision could be announced at any day to suspend Metro North, we will just
have to wait and see.
Economist and adviser to The Irish Government Colm McCarthy says that the Metro North rail line to Dublin
Airport should not proceed as planned. Mr. McCarthy said there is more that enough public transport to the Airport already.
He went on to say that during the present economic situation such funds would be better spent on schools
and hospitals, adding that Dublin Bus and the private bus operators along with the Dublin Port Tunnel provide easy access
already to Dublin Airport. Colm McCarthy also mentioned that since the completed M50 motorway it's now much easier for commuters
from any part of Ireland to get to Dublin Airport. Mr. McCarthy is not alone in his views of Metro North, many other
commentators and economists share his points of view.
The local T.D. Michael Kennedy has welcomed the decision of European investment bank board which has approved
a load half a billion euro for the metro north project. A park and ride facility will be put in place near the Donabate roundabout
at Lissenhall Swords. An estimated 7000 jobs will be created during the construction of the project. The decision on the metro
north will be given by the government in the summer.
The go ahead has finally been given to proceed with Metro North. The Taoiseach Brian Cowen at a press conference
today 26 July 2010 said Metro North would proceed.
Update Oct 2010
Although the government has given the go ahead for Metro North it still hasn't agreed a starting time for
the project because of lack of money. The current cost of the project is over three billion euro.
An Bord Pleanala [planning authority of Ireland] has given the green light to Metro North today [28 Oct]
with some conditions. One of it's conditions is to cut 2.5 Km of the off the distance of the rail track, so instead of the
tram running to belingstown north of Swords an bord pleanala suggests it's final destination should be at Seatown Road junction
beside Swords Business Park
Update Nov 2010
As local councillors queue up to welcome An Board Pleanala's decision The Irish Mail On Sunday has reported
the project will be scrapped in the December Budget because of the cost.
METRO NORTH IS ONLY PROJECT WHICH MEETS THE TRANSPORT NEEDS OF NORTH DUBLIN - RYAN Press Statement
Labour Party TD for Dublin North Brendan Ryan has responded to increased attention being paid to the proposed
dart spur linking Dublin Airport to the dart line at Clongriffin. This proposal is being viewed by some as a low cost alternative
to Metro North.
Deputy Ryan said: "The proposal by Iarnród Eireann to extend the Dart line to the airport is NOT an alternative
to Metro North. To me, it is nonsense to suggest that such a link could adequately fill the transport deficit on the M1 corridor.
I agree that we need a rail link between the airport and Dublin city centre however the point must be made
that there is a far greater deficit in the transport infrastructure of North Dublin than merely no rail link to the airport.
The population of Swords is over 45,000 people and is currently without a rail link to the city centre. Ballymun, Dublin City
University (with a student population over 11,000) and the future National Children’s Hospital will all be serviced
by Metro North.
"I must also add, that the reason this proposed rail link is in the news this week is because Iarnród Eireann
have finally got back to the Minister for Transport outlining its proposals.
I met with Iarnród Eireann a couple of weeks ago who outlined to me their plan for the dart spur and indicated
they were requested by the Minister to "dust off" a near 20 year old plan. I made my case clearly to Iarnród Eireann that
I am in no way supportive of its proposal to link the airport and Clongriffin.
“For too long Ireland’s transport policy has been blighted by short term vision, Metro North
has been designed to cope with population increases projected for the North Dublin region. For this reason alone, it is vital
that we keep Metro North on the table.”
Brendan Ryan 01-618 3421