To ask the Minister for Transport and the Marine when a decision will be reached on the exact locations of the DCU and Griffith Avenue Metro North stations; and if further consultation is planned with affected residents.
- Róisín Shortall.
* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 26th June, 2007.
Ref No: 17681/07 Proof: 408
Answered by the Minister for Transport
(Noel Dempsey T.D.)
Following an extensive public consultation process the selected route for Metro North was announced in October 2006. Metro North will have 15 stops, including ones at DCU, Griffith Avenue and Drumcondra.
The Railway Procurement Agency are at present preparing of an Environmental Impact Statement and other documentation required to support an application to An Bord Pleanala for a Railway Order (the legal permission needed to build and operate Metro North).
The RPA continues to engage extensively with residents along the route of Metro North in exploring mechanisms for addressing their concerns (including concerns about the location of the Griffith Avenue and DCU stops and the tunnel alignment between Drumcondra and Griffith Avenue). The RPA have also responded to individual queries raised by residents and businesses and have had meetings with many of these stakeholders to discuss their concerns.
The RPA has received many, and sometimes irreconcilable requests, from residents along the route of Metro North. On 15 June, RPA wrote to over 2,000 residents setting out the current status of work and committing to follow up with an analysis of other tunnel alignment options that would make greater use of green space. When these options have been further developed, RPA will write to all affected residents again enclosing details of the options and seeking comments on them. It is important to note that whichever route is chosen will pass beneath houses, businesses and other buildings.
A programme to address concerns expressed about the location of the DCU stop has also been put in place by the RPA.
The comments of residents will feed into the overall environmental assessment of the options so that the detailed tunnel alignment and stop locations for this portion of Metro North can be finalised in order to make a Railway Order application to An Bord Pleanála.