Metro Link plans and problems

 

Sir, – The proposed new Metro Link won’t just wreck Na Fianna GAA club, it will also tear apart communities in south Dublin. We need a new link to the airport, but we don’t need it to mean the permanent closure of the Luas green line from Sandyford to Charlemont.

Metro Link’s “new” southern route is not a new line, just an expensive replacement to the very-recently upgraded Luas line. Ranelagh’s close-knit community around Dunville Terrace will be split in two under what the planners euphemistically refer to as “required segregation”. The Cowper stop will also become an eyesore, and the pedestrian bridges required up and down the line will inevitably deter the elderly, the disabled – and cyclists.

By all means build a link to the airport – but abandon the expensive extension south, connect to the Luas in the city centre, and use the money saved to help Na Fianna instead. – Yours, etc,

PATRICK COLLINSON,

Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

Sir, – When the initial plans for Metro North were announced I was quite interested. After many years of revised plans and the expenditure of many millions of euro yet another plan has been drawn up with a projected completion date of 2027. The only way that the proposed metro will interfere with me is if in a few years time they again re-route it, this time, through Glasnevin Cemetery. – Yours, etc,

LOUIS O’FLAHERTY,

Santry, Dublin 9.