Dublin Airport Rail Link made it into the draft Transport Strategy

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IRELAND: The National Transport Authority has released details of its new draft Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035, setting out a cohesive and integrated transport framework to support and sustain the region’s development.

The draft strategy is subject to a statutory public consultation; members of the public and all interested parties are invited to review the proposals, and the supporting documentation, on the Authority’s website (www.nationaltransport.ie) and to make submissions to the Authority, until the deadline of 5:00pm on Friday November 13th 2015.

Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority said: “The purpose of our draft transport strategy is to contribute to the economic, social and cultural progress of the GreaterDublin Area by providing for the efficient, effective and sustainable movement of people and goods. The long-term success of the country’s capital region depends on sound and considered long-term strategic planning. We are therefore encouraging as many people as possible to read our proposals, and the background documentation, and to let us know their views by taking part in our consultation, before November 13th.”

One of the key proposals set out in the strategy is the New Metro North – Metro link serving Dublin Airport.

New Metro North is a modified version of the original Metro North proposal which proposes providing a similar service at significantly reduced costs. This new metro line will provide a high-speed, high-capacity, high-frequency public transport link from the city centre to Dublin Airport and Swords. New Metro North will serve a large number of significant destinations, including Ballymun, Dublin City University and the Mater Hospital, and will interchange with other rail and bus services at Drumcondra, O’Connell Street and St. Stephens Green.