Plans for the long delayed metro to Dublin Airport are due to be announced this morning by the Transport Minister.
That's after the preliminary business case for the project was signed off on.
The high-frequency rail line will run from north of Swords to Charlemont, via the airport, and is expected to cost almost €10 billion.
MetroLink will represent the largest rail investment the country has made since the 19th century.
The long awaited project was originally proposed in 2005 and at the time was expected to cost about €3 billion. 17 years later the bill for the 19 kilometre link, much of which will run underground, is expected to be about €9.5 billion.
Yesterday Transport Minister Eamon Ryan received Cabinet approval to give the green light to the National Transport Authority to proceed with the project. A planning application is due to be submitted in September.
The timeline for the project will be announced later today.
According to the Department of Transport construction will begin in 2025. The metro is expected to be completed some time between 2031 and 2034.
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