Confidence is high for the Dublin Airport rail link

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IRELAND: Dublin Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the news that a new public transport link to Dublin Airport is likely to be announced shortly.

The Chamber was responding to comments made by Tánaiste Joan Burton TD at the opening event of the Dublin Chamber Political Leaders Series in the O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel in Dublin.

In her speech to over 100 Dublin business people, the Tánaiste stated that she was confident that positive news on the Airport rail link will be announced in the Capital Spending Plan in a few weeks’ time.

“For many years, we have been talking about a direct public transport link to the airport and I’m confident that we will have positive news on this issue when my colleague, Brendan Howlin, announces the Capital Spending Plan in a few weeks’ time,” Burton said. “People arriving in a major European city expect a choice of public transport options and we are going to provide them with that choice through the capital plan.”

According to Dublin Chamber CEO Gina Quin: “Dublin Chamber has long called for a high capacity, efficient and reliable rail link which services Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport is a vital piece of national infrastructure, with four out of every five visitors who arrive to Ireland by air coming through it. Such a link is needed not only to serve Dublin Airport, but also to cater for the rapidly-expanding population of north Dublin. It is forecast that by 2023 an additional 40,000 people will travel into Dublin city centre from north county Dublin. At the same time, passenger numbers through Dublin Airport are expected to exceed 23 million within four years. A new rail link will go a long way to accommodating such strong growth levels.”