To ask the Minister for Transport the projected cost of the airport metro; if he has received Cabinet approval for the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Denis Naughten.
For PRIORITY answer on Thursday, 27th May, 2004.
Ref No: 16013/04
Answered by Minister for Transport
The Programme for Government contains a commitment to develop a Metro with a link to Dublin Airport. I have received the revised Outline Business Case for Line 1 of the Metro from the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) which involves a line from the Airport to the City Centre. The estimated direct cost of physical construction in 2002 prices is €1.2 billion, excluding financial costs.
The timescale, precise cost and route, number and location of stations and arrangements for a connection to the Green Luas line will depend on a number of factors including the Government decision; geo-technical surveys; negotiations with bidders; and railway order process including the public enquiry. In preparing a submission for the Government on this matter, the merits of all alternative solutions and routes will be considered.
I am currently finalising my proposals on the Metro in the context of the wider transport needs of the Greater Dublin Area. In advance of the Government considering these proposals, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on the matters raised in any more detail.
I expect to bring my proposals to the Government before the Summer.