· Connolly to Maynooth line being upgraded to DART service
· €100m for relocation of Rotunda to Blanchardstown
· Cross-city LUAS to Broombridge in Cabra
· City centre-Airport/Swords metro link gets go-ahead
A new metro connection, linking the city centre to Dublin Airport and Swords, is among the commitments announced by Joan, today (Tuesday, 29th September) as part of the Government’s new six-year €27billion Capital Plan, Building on Recovery.
The plan will bring major new investment in roads, rail links, schools, health facilities and broadband.
Dublin West will benefit significantly from a series of major projects being funded under the plan.
The Connolly to Maynooth line will become a DART service, as part of a series of expansions to the DART network.
“The Cross City Luas line will involve the extension of the Green Line from St Stephen’s Green to Broombridge in Cabra, and the Broombridge station will be fully refurbished to become a critically important hub point. The Cross-City project should be completed in 2017. Funding will also be provided to for the Phoenix Park tunnel to be upgraded and opened to commuter trains in 2016.
“These new rail improvements will mean a faster and better service for commuters in Dublin West,” the Tánaiste said.
A revised Metro connection from St Stephen’s Green to the Airport and on to Swords is also included in the Capital Plan. The new Metro link will mean a journey time of just 19 minutes from O’Connell Street to the airport.
The Tánaiste commented: “I’m delighted that we are in a position to commit to a rail link to the airport in today’s plan. There will be range of additional and very significant investments in public transport in Dublin West, and Dublin as a whole, over the short, medium and long-term.
“In health, Dublin West will be the location for one of the most important projects. We are making an additional €100m available to fund the relocation of the remaining two Dublin maternity hospitals, which will see the Rotunda moving to Blanchardstown, and the Coombe to St James’s.
The Tánaiste added: “Better roads, rail links, schools, health facilities and broadband – all of these make our communities better and our economy stronger. This six-year, €27 billion investment plan will achieve both aims. It’s a plan to build on recovery and make life better for our people.”