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11th February 2019 | Press Releases, Transport

Greens welcome support of South Dublin County Council in extension of MetroLink to South West Dublin

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The Green Party welcome the support of South Dublin County Council to the extension of the MetroLink to serve South West Dublin.

Today South Dublin County Council voted in support of a Green Party submission which proposes the separation of the Metro from the Luas Green Line at Charlemont to serve new stations in Rathfarnham, Knocklyon, Terenure and Rathmines.

The motion was brought forward by Green Party Councillor Francis Noel Duffy and was passed with the unanimous support of the council.

The council will now issue a letter to the Minister for Transport Shane Ross and await his response to the proposal.

Speaking today, Green Party Councillor Francis Noel Duffy said:

“I’m delighted that South Dublin County Council has supported the proposal to extend the MetroLink to serve South-West Dublin and help alleviate decades-long gridlock.

“This transport corridor in South West Dublin is one of the worst public transport blackspots in our city with no other easy solutions in sight. Taking this option would also remove the need to fully segregate the Luas Green Line, where there is real concern about restrictions to local access around existing stations. If Dublin and Ireland sees itself standing alongside its international counterparts, a modern accessible city rail infrastructure is needed. We believe our proposal offers that.”

The council voted in support of the following motion from Councillor Francis Noel Duffy:

That South Dublin County Council supports the extension of Metro North from Charlemont to Knocklyon and the connection of the red Luas from Tallaght to Booterstown. The Metro extension to Knocklyon would be connected from Charlemont to Knocklyon via Harolds Cross, Terenure and Rathfarnham. The Tallaght to Booterstown Luas link would create a much-needed south orbital route connecting 5 rail links into the city (ie the existing red and green line Luas, the proposed Knocklyon and UCD Metro and the existing Dart at Booterstown).

A copy of the previous Green Party submission can be found here.