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2003
Government policy to construct a Metro to Blanchardstown
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7 October 2003

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

Seamus Brennan

REPLY

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.