MetroLink - A Flawed Project!?

Metrolink - Can it Work?

A major €3-€4billion metro project for Dublin City has just been through a very brief and unsatisfactory non-statutory public consultation process that seems to have drawn opprobrium from all sides, right up to the highest levels of our political establishment! Can it succeed after such an inauspicious start!?

The Dublin Cycling Campaign volunteer team put together a comprehensive submission that was also highly critical of a number of factors around the proposed scheme:

  • A foreshortened consultation period for a project of this importance and size! - the consultation period was a mere nominal 6 weeks, although the NTA website only advertised the process from Mid April, after representations from Dublin Cycling Campaign

  • No consideration of alternative routes on the southside to possibly reach communities not on any existing alignment

  • No consideration of the potential value of boosting future passenger numbers and the overall business case, by including state of the art bike parking at any new stations to encourage multi modal travel

  • No consideration of encouraging bicycle carriage, particularly at off peak periods, similar to DART and mainline trains

  • Disregard at many stations and existing crossings for bicycle access and permeability

  • No apparent consideration of the considerable cost of disruption at various city locations, but particularly on the proposed Green Line Upgrade.

Dublin Cycling Campaign is generally supportive of any proposed metro scheme, but we have requested that this scheme return to the drawing board, because of the number of perceived flaws and omissions! Our full submission can be read in the attached PDF

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Monday, May 14, 2018

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