To ask the Minister for Transport and the Marine if he will report on progress on the Metro rail transport system to Swords, County Dublin; and the various procedures and timescales involved.
- Michael Kennedy.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 2nd October, 2007.
Ref No: 21500/07
Answered by the Minister for Transport
(Noel Dempsey T.D.)
Following an extensive public consultation process, the Minister for Transport announced the selected route for Metro North in October 2006. Work is now well underway by the Railway Procurement Agency on the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement and the documentation required to support an application to An Bord Pleanala for a Railway Order (the legal permission needed to build and operate Metro North).
Metro North will run underground from St. Stephen's Green to north of Ballymun before continuing on above ground to south of Dublin Airport. Here it will move underground beneath Dublin Airport before continuing above ground via Swords to Lissenhall. It will have underground stops at St. Stephen's Green, O'Connell Bridge, Parnell Square, Mater, Drumcondra, Griffith Avenue, Dublin City University, Ballymun and Dublin Airport. It will have above ground stops at Santry Demesne, Metropark, Fosterstown, Swords, Seatown and Lissenhall.
RPA are currently engaged in ongoing consultation with residents and other stakeholders related to design options for Metro North along its entire route.
On 13th September 2007 the RPA announced the outcome of the first stage of the procurement process for Metro North. This involved the selection of those candidates who have been prequalified for the tender stage of the project. In all, 14 candidates have passed the pre-qualifying stage 4 infrastructure providers, 5 rolling stock providers and 5 operators. Qualified candidates have until 2 November to form bidding groups and the tender documentation will be issued to those groups by the RPA early in 2008.
The RPA now expect to commence construction work on Metro North in 2009, subject to having an enforceable Railway Order in place.