Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, met with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohue TD on Monday to discuss the requirement for major investment in transport infrastructure to cater for the enormous demands of Swords, the Airport and surrounding towns.
“I met with Minister Donohue this week to discuss the future development of transport infrastructure for Dublin Fingal. The Minister assured me that various possibilities for a mass transport system in Dublin, including Metro North, are under review. In this meeting, I impressed upon the Minister the importance of providing strong transport links between Swords, Dublin Airport and the city centre.”
“The National Transport Authority stated in their implementation plan that it is accepted that the recently proposed BRT will not on its own replace rail-based solutions where a higher capacity solution is required in the long-term, such as on the Swords/Airport corridor. As I have previously stated, the Metro North proposals are being assessed, along with other possible transport developments, as part of a technical consultancy which will assess the long-term requirements of the North Dublin/Fingal corridor which stretches from Finglas to Malahide and includes Dublin Airport and Swords.”
“Minister Donohue informed me that he expects to make a decision on the development of new transport infrastructure for the region early next year, honouring the commitments given by Government in 2011.”
“Metro North is a top priority for me, as a local public representative for Swords. I have long held the view that it could not proceed until our public finances improved substantially. As we are making terrific progress on growing our economy and stabilising our public finances, I believe 2015 is a good time to review this major capital infrastructural proposal.”