Friday 15 December 2017

Election won't sway city rail plan - minister


Paschal Donohue
Paschal Donohue

Minister Paschal Donohoe has said his decision on which transport plan he selects for the north Dublin area will not be influenced by the upcoming general election.

Five of the six proposed routes run through the TD's Dublin Central constituency, which is set to be one of the most hotly-contested election battlegrounds.

A decision on which route will be developed is imminent. The plan will see a new public transport system connect the city centre with Dublin Airport and continue on to Swords.

It is considered a key milestone for Mr Donohoe's tenure as Transport Minister and could be held up as a major achievement when canvassing.

Of the six proposed plans, all but one runs through the Fine Gael TD's constituency.

Two of the proposals are for heavy rail. One plan would see a rail spur connecting Clongriffin to the airport and Swords.

Two of the options are for light rail, with both the extension of the Luas Cross City and the development of the long-promised Metro North under consideration.

The other options are for a Bus Rapid Transit service with the final option a combination of light and heavy rail.

"I'm not making any decision at all in relation to any of these designs based on the fact they run through my constituency," said Mr Donohoe.

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