Construction Of Dublin's Metro North To Begin In 2021
Minister for Transport Shane Ross has announced that construction will begin on Dublin's Metro North public transport system in 2021 with the intention of having it up and running by 2027.
The Irish Independent reports that the light rail system's construction is part of a €7.5 billion, four year investment programme that will also involve a €750 million redesign of Dublin's bus network, €110 million investment in walking and cycling facilities, and improvements to the country's current rail network, along with a €4.2 billion roads package. Additionally, €215 million will be spent on sport and €168 million on tourism.
Speaking about the programme, Ross said, "My top priority is to rapidly increase investment in public transport. We need to do much more than add new buses to the existing network. The impact of climate change is very real. The regions, as well as Dublin, will benefit from climate-friendly investments totalling €280 million. It is the most climate-friendly transport package ever planned."
When operational, Dublin's Metro North will run from Swords to St. Stephen's Green, with stops in between including Dublin Airport, DCU and Drumcondra.