Atkins selected for Dublin metro detailed design

Dublin MetroLink Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) appointed Atkins to deliver the detailed design for the advance works programme for Dublin MetroLink project.

Atkins, supported by its subconsultants RPS, a Tetra Tech company, will develop the detailed design for a programme of activity to precede the main infrastructure works, including utility diversions, archaeological and heritage works, facilitation of land access and environmental monitoring, with the aim of achieving a level of site readiness to facilitate mobilisation of MetroLink’s main infrastructure works.

“The Metrolink Project will provide Dublin with a modern, interconnected transport system that eases congestion and offers commuters faster, more convenient and cleaner transport options in and around the city,” Martina Finn, Managing Director, Atkins Ireland, said.

MetroLink, one of the key projects identified by Ireland’s National Development Plan, covers the construction of a 19 km underground line served by 16 stations running from Estuary north of Swords to the south area of Dublin, crossing the airport to the city centre in just 25 minutes. 40 trains will run each hour and direction on the new metro line which is expected to carry up to 53 million passengers annually.

The project will also be integrated with the existing DART, Luas and InterCity rail systems connecting major transport hubs and key destinations in the city centre. In addition, a multi-storey 3,000 space park & ride facility will be provided at Estuary station for passengers accessing MetroLink from outlying towns.

In July 2022, the Cabinet approved the preliminary business case of the project allowing the project team to lodge a Railway Order / Planning Application for the scheme. Construction work can only proceed when a Railway Order for the scheme has been granted and Government approval of the business case has been received.

When operations commence there will be trains every three minutes during peak periods. This can rise to a service every 90/100 seconds by 2060 if required. The system will be capable of carrying up to 20,000 passengers per hour in each direction. For comparison, current Luas Green Line services can carry circa 9,000 passengers per direction per hour.




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