Proposed Luas line provides half the capacity and takes twice as long
Thursday 16th April 2015, Dublin.
Green Party representative for Dublin Fingal, Joe O’Brien, has today stated his disappointment with reports that Minister Donohoe intends to proceed with a sub-optimal solution for north Dublin’s transport needs. In a submission to the National Transport Authority (NTA) on its recent North Dublin Transport Study (attached), the respondents in a Green Party survey outlined a clear preference for Metro North, believing that it is the best option to serve the area’s current and future transport needs.
The indication that the Minister intends to proceed with the Luas option, which has half the capacity and takes twice as long, will leave the residents of north Dublin short-changed on the State’s investment.
O’Brien said: “It’s disappointing to hear that Minister Donohoe has outlined his preference for a transport option which will fail to meet the needs of a growing north Dublin population. As the Green Party outlined in its submission to the NTA, Metro North represents the best solution to the impending, inevitable transport bottleneck which will develop as the area’s population expands dramatically.
“It’s clear that the best option for the Swords-Airport-City Centre corridor is the optimised Metro. The proposed Luas line that Minister O’Donohoe seems set to sanction will not provide the speed or carrying capacity that the community needs.
“The whole of north County Dublin and City needs better interconnection. If the optimised Metro proposal had a connection with the rail line at Donabate it would open up Swords and the airport to all the towns along the coast of north Dublin such as Balbriggan, Skerries, Rush, Malahide and vice versa.
“Although the initial costs of the Metro are higher, when the long-term benefits are considered, it represents the best option for the route. We are already starting to see Dublin’s transport system creaking to a halt as the M50 and the major approach roads clog up. The Government is spending twice as much on new roads as it is on public transport, and we are starting to see the consequences.
“We need to be planning long-term, comprehensive transport solutions that will actually pull people off an increasingly congested M1 and M50, and onto accessible, affordable and comfortable public transport. This government just does not get public transport, nor the need to reduce our transport emissions.
“With long term interest rates at record low levels, this was the time to think big and invest in our future in a really ambitious way. Instead Fine Gael and Labour are going for a cheaper option which will ultimately leave us all short-changed.”
Notes for Editors:
See here the link to the Green Party’s submission to the NTA consultation on transport options for North Dublin: https://greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/GreensSubmissionNTANorthDublin.pdf
Information about journey times and capacity were included in the survey carried out by the Green Party. Available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/create/survey/preview?sm=3KPjjK71lQWHiQd_2BF5lT2wNDwQj0IYAHpoKOfppxjGu92yBky8Pb8rTcUxNB_2BfNn
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