The proposed Dublin Metro, a second runway at Dublin airport and plans for a cross-Ireland high speed rail link are all in line for a share of the Irish government’s €116bn (£103bn) 10-year infrastructure fund.
The Irish government also confirmed a consultation on the preferred route for the Dublin Metro link will take place in the next few months. Set to open in 2027, the scheme has seen costs climb from £2.1bn to £2.7bn.
The 17km light rail system will cut through the Irish capital from south to north serving 14 stops, six of which will be underground. Work will start in 2021 and the line will connect the city centre to Dublin Airport in 19 minutes.
Earlier this month, a £12.4M engineering design contract for the scheme was awarded to a consortium of consultancy Jacobs Engineering and Spanish firm Idom.
The National Development Plan for 2018 - 2027 also confirmed a £284M second runway at Dublin airport will be built by 2021. Although planning permission was granted in 2007, the 3,113m runway 1.6km north of the existing runway was put on hold after the economic downturn hit Ireland in 2008.
The investment plan also featured a feasibility study for a high speed rail link between Belfast, Cork and Dublin, scheduled to be published within the next year. The announcements were made as part of Project Ireland 2040, the Irish government’s new policy plan for the future of the country.
On Project Ireland 2040, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “As we approach our 100th anniversary as a sovereign nation, it’s about investing to ensure our country is insulated against any possible challenges like Brexit. It’s a path to a positive, sustainable future.”