To ask the Minister for Transport if he will ensure that the financial envelope for Metro North is sufficient to allow the line to be kept underground through Ballymun and for an acceptable station design at DCU in order to ensure that the project does not negatively impact on local residents, local traffic movements and the local environment.
- Róisín Shortall.
For PRIORITY answer on Tuesday, 3rd April, 2007.
Ref No: 12973/07
Answered by the Minister for Transport
Transport 21 includes budget provision for the implementation of Metro North from the City Centre to Swords via Dublin Airport to be completed by end 2012.
The Railway Procurement Agency completed a comprehensive and inclusive public consultation on route options for Metro North last year and announced its selected route in October.
Work is now underway by the RPA on the complex task of designing the detailed route and the stations which will be served. This includes engaging with stakeholders on the best design solution for Ballymun. A surface station can be provided which is safe, accessible and avoids severance.
I also understand that the RPA has met with interested parties regarding the station design at DCU and that a programme to facilitate further consultation on their concerns has been arranged.