The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage and local Fingal TD Darragh O’Brien has welcomed the plans approved by Cabinet for the MetroLink preliminary business case.
Minister O’Brien said the plans for the ‘megaproject’ were exciting and will transform public transport in North County Dublin.
Details of the project which have been announced include the projected capacity, running times and number of stops along the line. It will consist of a fully segregated railway running from north of Swords to Charlemont in the south of Dublin City Centre. The route will include 16 stations including Dublin Airport, Fosterstown, Swords Central and Seatown.
The plans are for trains every three minutes during peak periods. This can rise to a service every 90 seconds by 2060 with the system capable of carrying up to 20,000 passengers per hour in each direction.
Minister O’Brien said he absolutely understood people’s weariness from previous announcements but that the project was now becoming a reality. “The MetroLink project is finally moving in the right direction. Subject to the planning and procurement processes, MetroLink could commence construction in late 2025 and then be operational in the early 2030s – something which the people of North County Dublin are very much looking forward to,” he said.
“This Government is committed to the funding and delivery of MetroLink as quickly as possible. It will be truly transformative for the people of Swords and the wider North County Dublin are,” he concluded.