Metro tunnel should be extended to Rathfarnham

I've made a submission today in support of the Metrolink project.  The public consultation process will close at 5pm on the 10th of May despite requests for an extension to the consultation period due to the level of public interest in the plans.

I fully support the Metrolink project, which we urgently need to address the gridlock and housing crisis in Dublin.  I have proposed three significant changes which would improve the whole project and spread the gains to other areas.'

We should continue the tunneling machine south from Charlemont street to link with three new stations in Rathmines, Terenure and Rathfarnham.  This transport corridor is one of the worst public transport blackspots in our city with no other easy solutions in sight.  Taking this option would also remove the need to fully segregate the Luas Green Line, where there is real concern about restrictions to local access around existing stations.

The Metrolink plans have removed any provision for a future connection with the Dart Interconnector. This was always seen as a twin project that would enhance and benefit from the new Metro line.  We should put in space for the Dart station in St Stephen's Green at the same time we dig a big hole for the Metro station at the same site.

We also want to extend the line on the North side to the mainline rail station at Donabate.  This would provide far more useful connectivity than the massive park and ride car park planned for Lissenhall which will only add more congestion to the M1 Motorway which is already at full capacity.

You can read the full submission here and my recent article in the Irish times about it here.