To ask the Minister for Transport if his attention has been drawn to the widespread concern among residents in Glasnevin and Ballymun regarding plans to construct Metro north as a surface rail-line through their area; when and the persons by whom the decision was taken not to run this project as a deep-bored tunnel within the Glasnevin/Ballymun areas; if, in view of the public concern he will request the RPA to draw up plans for a deep bored tunnel as far as the M50 crossing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Róisín Shortall.
* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 13th February, 2007.
Ref No: 5296/07
Answered by the Minister for Transport
The Railway Procurement Agency is currently looking at a number of options and is engaged in consultation with stakeholders on the best design solution for Ballymun. No decision has yet been made by the Board of the RPA on the proposed method of construction
The RPA will in due course submit an application for a Railway Order to An Bord Pleanala and it will then be a matter for An Bord Pleanala to come to make a decision on that application.