Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD said today:
“We want the Government to alter not abandon the southside MetroLink. The integration of the metro with the Luas Green line does presents real difficulties in the closure of the line and the loss of pedestrian accessibility. Rather than the confusion from various press leaks from different Ministers we need to see the real engineering details from the National Transport Authority (NTA).
“We have been calling for the NTA to think bigger about what might be possible. The biggest cost is using a tunnel boring machine is getting it in the ground. Once the tunnelling machine arrives in Charlemont Street it makes more sense to either continue either South West to Terenure, Rathfarnham and Tallaght or to the South East to UCD and Sandyford. The first option follows the original preferred route for the metro and is a corridor poorly served by public transport. Heading South East has the advantage of serving the large developments planned in UCD and Sandyford and cope with the increased traffic due to come from the southside into town.
“The NTA need to present their final route options for the MetroLink. Come what may there should be no delay in the northside section of the line. While that is advanced through the planning process we can work out the optimal southside route and I hope make sure, the tunnelling machine does not stop when it hits the southside.”
Ciarán Cuffe, the Green Party’s European candidate for Dublin, said:
“The NTA must come clarify the length of delays required to connect MetroLink to the Luas Green Line. A speedy decision is needed to bring relief to commuters in overcrowded Luas trams, especially as the new town of Cherrywood is under construction. Putting sections of the Green line Luas out of action for four years are unacceptable, but changes in the alignment may be feasible.”
Cllr Patrick Costello of Kimmage Rathmines said:
“We have seen that Dublin is one of the worst cities in Europe for congestion. The urban village of Terenure is choked with that congestion every day. Instead of just stopping it, a metro through Terenure to neighbourhoods beyond with poor public transport links would significantly help with addressing overall congestion.”
Hazel Chu, Candidate for Pembroke, said:
“Doing nothing is the worst option and shows a real lack of vision and leadership from Shane Ross. Instead of jumping on the green line, a metro running to the east or west could really deliver for commuters. Sadly the minister has chosen to just give up and do nothing”.
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