Farrell Hosts Transport Meeting In Swords

Alan FarrellLocal TD, Alan Farrell (FG) held a public meeting about transport options available for the North County, at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords last Thursday. He is pictured here with Tom Manning (RPA PR Manager) and Marchello Corsi (RPA Engineer), both of whom also made presentations to the meeting

Local TD Alan Farrell (FG) held a public meeting in Swords last week focusing on ‘The Future of Public Transport for Swords’ with Tom Manning and Marchello Corsi from the Railway Procurement Agency.
“The North County needs a high-frequency, fast, and reliable public transport option. As the list of 25 possible options has now been shortlisted to six, and with a decision expected this year on which option will become the future of public transport serving Swords and Dublin Airport, I held a public meeting to discuss the possibilities with constituents and representatives from the Railway Procurement Agency,” Farrell explained.
“I was delighted to have Tom Manning and Marchello Corsi present from the Railway Procurement Agency to discuss the options related to their area of expertise, namely Metro North and the Luas line extension from Cabra to the Airport and Swords.”
“It currently takes around 26 minutes to get from Malahide into the City Centre, with Swords being geographically closer, I see no reason why people should not be able to get from the town into the City in less than 30 minutes,” he said.
“I believe that a light-rail solution would be the most efficient in terms of catering for the increase in demand which the public transport system around the Airport and Swords is going to face,” Farrell added. “We can already see our roads getting busier and our journey times increasing, particularly at rush hour, with more people travelling into, and out of, the City. This will only be exacerbated as unemployment levels continue to drop.”
“I am pleased that we are putting the plans in place now to allow for the development of a transport system to adequately cater for the projected population growth for the area in the coming years,” he concluded.