To ask the Minister for Transport if it is Government policy to construct a metro to Blanchardstown as part of phase 1 of the metro development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Paul McGrath.
* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 7th October, 2003.
Ref No: 22123/03
Answered by the Minister for Transport
The Dublin Transportation Office Strategy, A Platform for Change is the accepted blueprint of the transport needs for the Greater Dublin Area. The DTOs strategy proposed a metro system running from Shankill to the south of the city to Dublin Airport, connected to an orbital line which includes Blanchardstown.
The Programme for Government contains a commitment to develop a Metro with a link to Dublin Airport. I have received the Outline Business Case for Phase 1 from the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA). Phase 1 of the Metro, as proposed by the RPA, involves a line from the Airport to the City Centre designed to connect at a later stage to Blanchardstown as part of the orbital route.
I am considering all of the options and will be bringing proposals to the Government in the coming weeks.