A major seminar on Metro North heard calls for the project to be fast-tracked. The County Council has already taken the necessary steps to facilitate it and are willing to work with Government and relevant national agencies to deliver it as soon as possible. The seminar, which was hosted by County Mayor, Cllr. Darragh Butler in the Atrium at County Hall Swords, discussed the merits of accelerating the development of Metro North, from Swords to Dublin Airport and onto the City Centre.
Metro North was identified by the Government in 2015 as a priority project in Building on Recovery in its infrastructure and capital
investment plan 2016-2021. However, work on the transport corridor is not expected to begin for a number of years and is planned to be in operation by 2026/2027 at the earliest, which is due to the complexity of the planning and consultation process.
Mayor Butler told the County Leader, “I hope the conference has achieved its aim of showing how important it is for Metro North to be fast-tracked because it is the gateway to a prosperous future for the people of the North County, the residents of Swords and those with businesses along its Economic Corridor.”
The Council’s Chief Executive, Paul Reid, supported calls by the Mayor stating, “A decision to bring forward the implementation of this critical phase of national infrastructure, will also create the certainty required to stimulate investment by public, commercial, semi-state and private sectors to ensure that complementary development occurs in the most suitable places and at the right time.”
The Council has used its recently approved 2017-2023 Development Plan to copper-fasten the Metro North Economic Corridor as far as Lissenhall. Here the Council envisages, in addition to a major park-and-ride facility serving the wider North County residents, a new mixed use urban area, with significant levels of residential and employment development. After each of the keynote speeches there were panel discussions, moderated by Newstalk presenter Bobby Kerr, which included Hugh Creegan, Director of Transport Investment and Taxi Regulation at the National Transport Authority; Alison Hardiman, Head of Planning and Environmental Law, at McDowell Purcell, Kevin Toland, Chief Executive, daa, Professor Brian MacCraith, President, Dublin City University; Guy Thompson, President, Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Mary Rose Burke, CEO, Dublin Chamber of Commerce.