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Call For Charlemont MetroLink Stop To Be Scrapped

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

08:25 21 Feb 2024

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The planned Charlemont MetroLink station should be scrapped according to a Dublin TD.

Fianna Fáil's Jim O'Callaghan yesterday told the oral hearing on the 9.5 billion euro rail project that the terminus should be in the city centre, not in a residential area.

It follows the deputy's submission on the second day of the An Bord Pleanála hearing. He raised concern about the area's ability to handle the 10 million passengers that are expected to use the Charlemont station each year.

The 18.8km route will run from Swords to Charlemont, with 16 new stations along the way. Much of the line will run underground.

Meanwhile Economist Colm McCarthy said he believed the costs of the metro have been understated and questioned the benefits.

Labour Senator Marie Sherlock also raised concerns about the impact of tunneling underneath century-old houses;

"My questions at the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing yesterday were very much about what assurances would be put in place for those homes because many of those homes are over a hundred years old, their foundations are not of standard modern build, they're not concrete foundations."

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