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10th Nov 2021

NTA denies any delay to plans for Dublin Metrolink or new Luas lines

Hugh Carr

NTA denies delay metrolink

The clarification follows a draft strategy plan published on Tuesday.

The National Transport Authority has denied claims that construction of the Metrolink or new Luas lines has been pushed back by 10 years.

A draft of the Greater Dublin Transport Strategy plan for 2022 was published on Tuesday (9 November), with one of the slides reading that the Metrolink would not be a part of the transport strategy until 2031.

The NTA published a statement to their website on Wednesday to dispute these claims, and to provide clarity on the proposed plans for transport improvements.

“NTA would like clarify some of the matters that have arisen in relation to the GDA Draft Transport Strategy published this week”, it wrote.

“It is important to the NTA that our proposals are clearly understood and presented accurately to the public. The public consultation phase is a vital step in the final review of the Strategy and it is incumbent on the NTA to ensure there is genuine and constructive public consultation based on the facts.”

According to the NTA, no change has been made to the proposed timeline for Metrolink. The project is due to go into the planning process next year, and will begin construction afterwards.

The Luas to Finglas is due to go into planning in 2024, with construction following this. There has been no proposed change to defer plans for construction of Luas services to Lucan, Poolbeg, and Bray.

The DART+ project is currently being designed, with new stations set to be put in place to service areas like Wicklow, Sallins, and Kilcock.

The Greater Dublin Transport Strategy plan is currently under public review, and people are being encouraged to share their thoughts with the NTA about the proposed changes.

Anyone can submit feedback to the NTA until Friday 17 December via the Authority’s public consultation site.

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