Dublin could have a ‘Metro Link’ by 2027 under a EUR3bn proposal detailed in ‘Project Ireland 2040’, the Irish government’s National Development Plan 2018-2027.
Consultation is expected in early 2018 on an ‘Emerging Preferred Route’ that would see the proposed Metro running from Swords in the north, via Dublin Airport and a tunnel under the centre of Ireland’s capital, to Sandyford in the south. The latter would be reached by utilising the route of the existing Luas Green line.
Previous plans for a metro were deferred in 2011, but the idea was reactivated in 2015.
Also expected to be complete in 2027 is a EUR2bn expansion of the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) network. Plans include high-frequency electric services to Drogheda (on the Northern line); Celbridge/Hazelhatch (Kildare line); and Maynooth and M3 Parkway (Maynooth/Sligo line).
Further expansion of Dublin’s Luas light rail network, including of the Red line in the city centre and to Poolbeg; the Green line to Bray; and a line to Lucan, is listed as being for delivery post-2027.