Opponents to the new €3bn (£2.66bn) Dublin metro upgrade have stepped up their campaign to change the proposed route.
Campaign group Rethink Metrolink is aiming to alter the proposed route of the new Dublin Metro upgrade, Metrolink, after the deadline for a decision on the final route was pushed back until next year.
The current design involves an extension to the underground section, past Ranelagh in south Dublin. However, the Rethink Metrolink campaign group claims that the Metrolink upgrades will cause ‘‘major disruption’’ to the existing Luas Green line for two years and that benefits to transport capacity can be achieved through easier means.
The proposed Metrolink system is a new 17km light rail system that will stretch from the northern suburbs to the south of the city centre and will connect the Irish capital to Dublin Airport in 19 minutes.
The new Metrolink combines a previously planned north metro plan, from Swords to the city centre, with upgrades to the Luas Green line.
The scheme is set to open in 2027 under current plans.
@RMetrolink at Luas stops this morning. Commuters shocked to hear about the impact of the current Metrolink preferred route on the Southside. Join campaign at https://t.co/aNhMNDyGwr @campaignforkate @MurphyEoghan @OCallaghanJim @EamonRyan @Shane_RossTD @campaignforleo pic.twitter.com/Xhz46XBnB9— Rethink Metrolink (@RMetrolink) November 26, 2018
Penny finally dropped needs to stay underground. To avoid shut down of Luas Green Line for up to 2 yrs, creating chaos for 45k daily commuters, NTA/TII need to also evaluate NOW more sensible routes South-west and East (UCD/Sandyford) @OCallaghanJim@MurphyEoghan@campaignforleohttps://t.co/jSDGeLN1S4— Rethink Metrolink (@RMetrolink) November 3, 2018
Rethink Metrolink are opposed to the plans for Metrolink to come above ground and link up with the Luas Green Line, and are calling for Metroline to remain underground.
On their website, Rethink Metrolink say that a planned 4m separation wall between existing Luas line tracks and metroline tracks will create a ‘Berlin Wall’ between communities that cuts off access points should it be built.
They also claim that the capacity upgrades can be achieved for the Luas Green line without implementation of the Metrolink, instead with ‘implementing longer 55m trams, more frequent running and integration with other transport services’.
The current plans for Metrolink would see the new line emerge and join the Luas Green line between the stops at Charlemont and Ranelagh.
In February, a €14M (£12.4M) Dublin metro engineering design contract was awarded to a consortium of consultancy Jacobs Engineering and Spanish firm Idom.
The proposed Dublin Metro also won a share of the Irish government’s €116bn (£103bn) 10-year infrastructure fund.
Plans for a new north metro system in Dublin first appeared in 2001, but the project was put on ice in 2011 as the county’s economy struggled.
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