Public to have say on €3bn Dart plan
Members of the public will be able to discuss plans for a €3bn underground Dart line next month.
Almost 280 groups will be represented at the oral hearing organised by An Bord Pleanala which is due to last at least a month.
Government agencies, politicians and resident groups among others have made submissions on plans to build a railway tunnel underneath Dublin city centre.
The board will then decide whether to approve or rectify the plans after taking into account official and public suggestions.
If the project is approved, Dublin will have two Dart lines -- one from Maynooth to Greystones and another one from Hazelhatch/Celbridge to Howth.
According to Iarnrod Eireann, underground train stations could be a lot safer for city dwellers.
The Irish rail company has expressed support for the project which it believes would result in fewer road crashes as 25 million car kilometres would be taken off the roads.
The €3bn scheme would also create employment staffing the five underground stations at Spencer Dock, Pearse Street, St Stephen's Green and Heuston.
The project was due to be built by 2015 but has been postponed for another three years as planning and designs have been delayed.
The State will also have to give its final approval to the plans.