Eamon Ryan: Metro tunnel should be extended to Rathfarnham

Upgrading Luas line to take metro would divide community and cause disruption

“The metro is due to come up for air near Charlemont station and run from there along the Luas green line to Sandyford. Instead, we should keep the tunnel going for a further 4.5km to the southwest.”

“The metro is due to come up for air near Charlemont station and run from there along the Luas green line to Sandyford. Instead, we should keep the tunnel going for a further 4.5km to the southwest.”

Dublin needs a metro. We need it to help tackle our housing crisis as much as to avoid traffic gridlock. We need to build it quickly because our city is bursting at the seams, but we also need to get it right. The National Transport Authority (NTA) is in a consultation phase on the project at the moment, which it and the Government should use as a genuine period for reflection. There is one significant variation to the current design which I hope in particular they will take on board. They need to switch tracks and run the line to Rathfarnham on the southside.

I am glad the decision was made to connect to the southside in the first construction phase. The metro is due to come up for air near Charlemont station and run from there along the Luas green line to Sandyford. Instead, we should keep the tunnel going for a further 4.5km to the southwest, with stations in Rathmines, Terenure and Rathfarnham.

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